Build With, Not For: Strategies For Including Lived Experience in Anti-Hunger Work
Hunger Free Oklahoma,
Hunger Free Oklahoma (HFO) works to bring a unified, statewide voice to the issue and solutions surrounding hunger, with a goal to ensure all Oklahomans have access to affordable, nutritious food. Over the past several months, HFO has been in the process of building out a new lived experience cohort: a Tulsa-based group that will engage individuals with lived experience of hunger and poverty in order to better understand how individuals and families interact (or don’t interact) with nutrition programs. This cohort will compensate cohort members for their time and work alongside them to develop leadership and advocacy opportunities. This report synthesizes HFO’s research into a.) relevant case studies of other successful lived experience projects, b.) best practices for compensation, support, and training, and c.) guiding values and principles for successfully supporting and including people with lived experience in programs and advocacy. It highlights key takeaways and considerations from HFO’s process that can be applied by other organizations hoping to create similar programs.
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Publication tags: Field Reports - Advocacy and Education
Originally from Lynnfield, Massachusetts, Molly Pifko recently graduated with a B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic. As an undergraduate, she used this interdisciplinary major to combine interests in politics, environmental law and policy, US history, and communication. These interests have led her to spend the last four years working and volunteering for progressive candidates, working as a writing tutor, peer mentor, and legal research assistant at the college, and interning in her local congressional office. Molly’s passion for food justice was fostered at an early age through her temple’s anti-hunger work, and as an Emerson fellow, she is excited to continue learning about how both public policy and community support can be used to take on hunger and the systems of economic, environmental, and political injustice which perpetuate it.
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Hunger Free Oklahoma (HFO) works to bring a unified, statewide voice to the issues and solutions surrounding hunger, with a goal to ensure all Oklahomans have access to affordable, nutritious food. HFO leverages the power of collaboration to solve hunger in Oklahoma by improving systems, policies, and practices.
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