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Emerson Fellow

Wick Ruehling

10th Class, 2003-2004

Field Placement: Worcester County Food Bank (Shrewsbury, MA)

Wick served as a Community Food Resource Specialist for Worcester County.  He was responsible for developing and leading an in-depth research project with the goal of identifying all available food resources within the county, and creating a profile of food security assets and needs for each community within the county.  His research included Geographic Information Systems data, led to the establishment of area-specific hunger networks and advisory councils, and provided a Worcester County profile of food security, community by community.

Hunger Free Community Report:

Creating a Hunger-Free Worcester County: A Hunger and Food Security Profile of Worcester County, Massachusetts is a detailed analysis and summary of hunger and food security in Worcester, including localized profiles of food security in each of four quadrants of the country as well as the county as a whole.

Policy Placement: America’s Second Harvest (Washington, DC)

Wick created a survey of state-by-state TEFAP distribution procedures and developed a best-practices manual for state TEFAP administrators and food banks.  He developed a guide of Department of Health and Human Services grants pertinent to food banks in the A2H system.

Pre-Fellowship Education/Experience:

Wick graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia where he majored in Public Policy.  At W&L he served as vice president of the Student Activities Board and played varsity soccer.  Wick interned with Total Action Against Poverty in Roanoke, Virginia where he worked with Head Start and the Southwest Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank.  He also served as a research intern for The National Journal magazine, where he contributed to the publication of the 2002 Cook Political Report.

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