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Emerson Fellow

Samantha Stevens

23rd Class, 2016-2017

Originally from Lawrenceville, Georgia, Samantha graduated from Emory University with a degree in Latin American history. While at Emory, Samantha interned at Tapestri, Inc, an organization that supports immigrant survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. She also founded a volunteer interpreting organization that assisted Atlanta elementary schools with high Spanish speaking populations and was active in a group that successfully challenged and changed Emory’s exclusionary admission policies towards undocumented students. After graduating from Emory, Samantha worked as a case manager for the Center for Pan Asian Community Services and interned at the Carter Center’s Global Access to Information Program.

Field placement: Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties (San Jose, California)

Samantha conducted a community assessment to identify barriers, best practices, and areas of improvement for the implementation of summer meal programs in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. She collected information from participating summer meal sites, including schools, libraries, and other community partners in Second Harvest Food Bank’s area of service to write a report on best practices and lessons learned. She also worked on a campaign in local elementary schools to increase student participation in school breakfast programs.

Hunger Free Community Report:

Better Together: Optimizing Summer Meal Programs in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is the product of qualitative interviews with stakeholders in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties who administer summer meal programs. Better Together highlights the importance of summer nutrition for the health and educational outcomes of children. It also describes the best practices in the two counties and offers recommendations on how summer meal programs can be optimized to increase participation and feed more children.

Policy Placement: Congressional Hunger Center (Washington, DC)

Samantha worked with the Executive Director at the Congressional Hunger Center (CHC) to develop relationships with members of Congress and their staffs. She also assisted with the planning and development of CHC’s annual awards ceremony. In addition, Samantha created a twitter campaign countering myths about safety net programs, participated in a Joint Famines working group, tracked policy on hunger issues, and facilitated a racial equity training for CHC staff and interns.

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