Trish Abalo of the 26th Class of Emerson National Hunger Fellows presents “Farm to Food Pantry: New Emergency Food Models” at the Rayburn House Office Building on Friday, 2/28/2020. Trish completed her field work with Hunger Free Colorado in Denver, Colorado.
Raised in Midland, Michigan, Trish graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in interdisciplinary studies in public health, and a minor in philosophy. While at MSU, Trish researched small-scale urban markets in Detroit, Mich. and Lilongwe, Malawi through the Global Center for Food Systems Innovations, where her team generated outcomes shared in a FY16 USAID Title XII Report to Congress. After graduating, she evaluated community capacity building programs in the Sisaket Province of Northeastern Thailand with Raitong Organics Farm, as a MIT D-Lab Monitoring & Evaluation Fellow. She has also facilitated a massive open online course as a teaching assistant for the Smithsonian Institution and Harvard Extension School, and served in the North Quarter of Grand Rapids, Mich. through Cherry Health AmeriCorps, assessing and expanding a CDC-funded women’s health and community gardening program.
Hunger Free Colorado leads efforts to connect families and individuals to food resources and fuel change in systems, policies and social views, so no Coloradan goes hungry.
The nonprofit organization was founded in 2009 from a merger of the Colorado Anti-Hunger Network and the Colorado Food Bank Association, with funding support from The Denver Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. Hunger Free Colorado brings a unified, statewide voice to the issue and solutions surrounding hunger, with a goal to ensure all Coloradans have access to affordable, nutritious food.