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Emerson Fellow

Samantha Hodges

18th Class, 2011-2012

Field Placement: Sacramento Housing Alliance (Sacramento, CA)

Samantha developed a primer on the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP), a statewide  hot meals option for elderly, disabled and homeless SNAP recipients. Through interviews with RMP clients, county welfare directors, advocates and participating restaurants, she put together a set of stories that shed light on the benefits of the RMP. After thorough review of food stamp regulations and analysis of her interviews, she also created materials to help counties expand or start their own RMP.

Hunger Free Community Report:

A Primer on the Restaurant Meals Program in California, Preventing Hunger Among the Elderly, Disabled & Homeless in the Golden State is a report that aims to improve the understanding and implementation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s (SNAP) restaurant meals option.

Policy Placement: Poverty & Race Research Action Council (Washington, DC)

Samantha researched school integration in early education and gentrification in D.C. She also helped organize the National Conference on School Diversity, a convening of advocates, educators, government representatives and policy makers working to increase diversity in the public school system.

Pre-Fellowship Education/Experience:

Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Samantha graduated in 2011 from Wesleyan University with a degree in sociology and environmental studies, concentrating in public health. Samantha has worked as a social studies teacher in Minneapolis, welfare rights intern in East Harlem, hunger outreach worker in Middletown, CT and prison workshop leader in Cheshire, CT. Samantha also spent five months traveling Switzerland, India, China and South Africa exploring organizations working in the areas of education, community building, and public health.