“Child Nutrition Programs: Massachusetts and Beyond” was presented by Bill Emerson Hunger Fellow Blake Turpin as part of the briefing “A Snapshot of Hunger in America” on February 17, 2022. Blake was placed with Project Bread in Boston, Massachusetts, from September, 2021 to February, 2022.
Publication tags: Field Reports, Video - Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Domestic Federal Nutrition Programs, National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
Originally from Montgomery, Alabama, Blake graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a major in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology and Criminal Justice, along with minors in Hispanic Studies and Political Science. During his undergraduate career, his interests in social justice and poverty alleviation led him to work on a variety of projects looking at the criminal justice system's relation to poverty and oppression. Blake also spent time working on several local political campaigns and as an intern for the Federal Defender Services of Eastern Tennessee, where he discovered a passion for serving underrepresented and criminalized populations. As an Emerson Hunger Fellow, Blake hopes to work towards breaking cycles of criminalization, hunger, and poverty.