A Menu for Food Justice

A Menu for Food Justice assesses the food desert status of over 20 neighborhoods and towns in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The report offers potential strategies for communities to consider in order to improve local access to healthy foods.

Daniel Valverde

Originally from Los Lunas, New Mexico, Daniel earned a B.A. degree in anthropology from Eastern New Mexico University and a M.A. degree in anthropology and food studies from New Mexico State University. He worked as a Child Nutrition Specialist for the New Mexico No Kid Hungry Program where he provided … Read more

Marie-Therese Senecal

Originally from Silverton, Oregon, Marie-Therese graduated from Seattle University with a degree in international studies and a minor in Latin American studies. After graduating, she worked as a Jesuit Volunteer to preserve affordable housing and protect tenants’ rights in San Francisco at an eviction defense clinic.  In college, Marie-Therese served … Read more

Irene Romulo

Originally from Cicero, Illinois, Irene graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in social policy. She interned with legal clinics and women’s empowerment groups in Chicago in order to help low-income victims of domestic violence access legal assistance and support groups. Irene also interned and conducted research for a women’s … Read more

Amarillys Rodriguez

Born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut, Amarillys graduated from Pomona College in 2011 with a degree in public policy analysis.  Amarillys served with AmeriCorps through Public Allies Connecticut, where she worked with homeless service providers to coordinate the 2012 Point in Time census of the city’s homeless population. She also … Read more

Kimmi Ramnine

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Kimmi graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2012 with concentrations in Africana studies and the social sciences. In college, she worked to enhance the sense of community among students of color with an emphasis on anti-oppressive structures. She has also worked with multiple after-school programs … Read more

Rachel Nagin

Rachel grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Wellesley College in 2012 with a degree in peace and justice studies. Her studies focused on urban farming and community development, particularly for marginalized communities. At Wellesley, she served on the Multicultural President’s Council to increase the power of marginalized students … Read more

Zachary Murray

Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, Zach is a graduate of Cornell University with degrees in city and regional planning and Africana studies. Zach helped conduct a Community Food Assessment to measure food insecurity in Tompkins County, NY with the Cornell Cooperative Extension. His work developed greater local knowledge of the local … Read more