Emily Hwang of the 26th Class of Emerson National Hunger Fellows presents “Expanding Tribal Sovereignty to Child Nutrition Programs” at the Rayburn House Office Building on Friday, 2/28/2020. Emily completed her field work with Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Emily Hwang graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, earning a degree in anthropology with a concentration in Latin American studies. During her undergraduate career, Emily developed a passion for food justice through her involvement in local gardens and community food access development projects. Spirited by understanding food systems and anti-poverty initiatives, Emily served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Just Harvest, a Pittsburgh non-profit committed to fighting against systematic poverty where she supported their healthy incentives program at 22 different farmers markets through implementing outreach, volunteer coordination, and data reporting and analysis. After her AmeriCorps term ended, Emily continued her involvement with the farmers markets in Pittsburgh, focusing on fresh food access for low-income populations, while also learning from various other opportunities such as being the volunteer coordinator at a contemporary art museum, working as a barista at a community owned coffee shop, and serving as a tax reviewer for Just Harvest’s free-tax preparation program, which refunded $6 million dollars back to their clients in 2019.
The Initiative enhances health and wellness in tribal communities by advancing healthy food systems, diversified economic development and cultural food traditions in Indian Country. We empower tribal governments, farmers, ranchers and food businesses by providing strategic planning and technical assistance; by creating new academic and professional executive education programs in food systems and agriculture; and by increasing student enrollment in land grant universities in food and agricultural related disciplines.