9th Class, 2002-2003
Field Placement: Florida Impact (Tallahassee, FL)
In order to increase participation in the Summer Food Service Program, Robert coordinated community outreach and led meetings of community leaders in northern Florida, where many counties do not offer the Summer Food Service Program. Due in part to Robert’s efforts, three additional counties will offer Summer Food next year.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Feeding Florida, an overview of federal child nutrition programs, examining participation rates for each of Florida’s 67 counties and measuring the impact of each program on the problems of hunger and food insecurity inFlorida.
Policy Placement: Food Research and Action Center (Washington, DC)
Robert analyzed state applications for the school meals and summer food programs, assessing whether or not they posed barriers to utilization and expansion of these programs. Robert also helped coordinate outreach efforts to inform member agencies of the new requirements of Title 1 by schools participating in school meals programs.
Robert focused on Urban Studies and Music Performance while a student at Rhodes College, where he graduated in 2002. Robert has taught English in Nepal, attended NSCAHH and COOL Conferences, and participated in a summer Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service.