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Emerson Fellow

Sindri McDonald

13th Class, 2006-2007

Field Placement: FoodChange (New York, NY)

As the outreach fellow for FoodChange, Sindri connected with direct service providers and community leaders in neighborhoods with high concentrations of eligible immigrants not participating in the Food Stamp Program.  Sindri provided training and organized community meetings with more than sixty community leaders and direct service providers, including representatives from local governments and the New York City Council.

Hunger Free Community Report: 

A Sustainable Model of Outreach for Improved Immigrant Participation in the Food Stamp Program: A Case Study of Western Queens provides a model for food stamp outreach to immigrant communities including resources for setting objectives, identifying a target audience, connecting to local government, and mobilizing community support.

Policy Placement: Catholic Charities USA (Alexandria, VA)

As part of the Social Policy team, Sindri focused on the Farm Bill and its potential impact on the CCUSA member agencies that provide direct services to hungry individuals.  Sindri also gathered the stories of service providers across the country, created informational materials highlighting the persistence of hunger in the U.S., and assisted in the organization of a congressional briefing on hunger.

Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience: 

Sindri graduated from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland in 2006 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies.  Prior to attending college Sindri received Amnesty International’s 2001 Patrick Stewart Human Rights Scholarship and spent six months working on issues of hunger and poverty with the Comunidad of Sant’Egidio in Rome, Italy.  During college, Sindri traveled to Chile where she participated in a community-based learning program and taught nutrition and self-esteem workshops for adolescent mothers, and completed a senior honors thesis exploring the work of women’s organizations involved in issues of urban poverty.