18th Class, 2011-2012
Field Placement: City Harvest (New York, NY)
Tom led the resident surveys component of City Harvest’s community food assessment of the Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods in New York City. He designed, conducted, and analyzed resident surveys, and supported the food retail assessments. The community food assessment is designed to help City Harvest better understand the needs of residents and shape its programming decisions in these communities.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Lower Food Security in Upper Manhattan?: A Survey of Residents of Washington Heights and Inwood presents the findings from 290+ resident surveys conducted in Washington Heights and Inwood about food security. City Harvest is using this community input to guide its decisions about future programming in the area.
Policy Placement: Food Research and Action Center (Washington, DC)
Tom researched the implementation of Disaster SNAP, compiled best practices, and updated FRAC’s Advocate’s Guide to Disaster SNAP. He also wrote briefs on best practices for SNAP access and monitored legislation surrounding the SNAP program in the 2012 Farm Bill.
Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tom graduated from Northeastern University in 2009 with a degree in economics. He then worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA providing free income tax preparation services for low income Philadelphians through a volunteer income tax (VITA) organization. He later served as a New York State AmeriCorps member in Brooklyn, New York, where he helped low-income individuals and families access essential public benefits and financial education and managed the organization’s VITA site.