Field placement: Jesuit Social Research Institute (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Sakeenah completed her field work with the Jesuit Social Research Institute (JSRI) at Loyola University New Orleans, a group dedicated to transforming the Gulf South through action research, analysis, education, and advocacy. She worked closely with JSRI’s Economic Policy Specialist to author an economic, social, and health analysis of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Louisiana. This analysis was complimented by the SNAP Story Bank Project, a compilation of 50 interviews that turned into a website and a short film highlighting the experiences of SNAP participants and advocates in 5 parishes across the state. In working closely with food banks, farmer’s markets, faith-based groups, and community organizations, this report and story bank aimed to highlight the importance of SNAP and the need for improved food access in Louisiana.
Hunger Free Community Report:
SNAP Keeps Louisiana Strong and Healthy during Difficult Times is an economic, social, and health analysis of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The report highlights the connections between food insecurity, poverty, and SNAP participation, while highlighting the economic activity caused by SNAP at the state level.
Policy Placement: National Conference of State Legislatures (Washington, DC)
Sakeenah worked with the National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan non-governmental organization established to serve the members and staff of state legislatures in the United States. She supported their Hunger Partnership and Task Force on Immigration with research, writing, legislative tracking, and conference planning for both groups. Her writing assignments covered hunger and food waste, SNAP incentives and restrictions, disaster-SNAP, military hunger, and blog posts on their annual meetings.