David Blount

David grew up in Saint Louis, Missouri and graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2013 with degrees in sociology and international studies. After graduation, David completed a year of service with City Year Chicago, an education non-profit dedicated to ending the high school dropout crisis. At Loyola, David led multicultural initiatives … Read more

Fresh Food, Fresh Access

Fresh Food, Fresh Access evaluates the first year of Fresh Access, Just Harvest Education Fund’s EBT at farmers’ markets program at six farmers’ markets in Pittsburgh, using data from a combination of customer and vendor surveys, focus groups, sales figures, … Read more

Adrien Schless-Meier

Raised in Denver, Colorado, Adrien graduated from Reed College in 2012 with a degree in sociology. Her senior thesis analyzed organizational barriers to participation in farmers’ markets among low-income people and people of color in Portland, Oregon. As an AmeriCorps member serving in the Office of Sustainability at Multnomah County, … Read more

Maryam Adamu

Born in North Carolina to Nigerian parents and raised in four states, Maryam now calls Pine Bluff, Arkansas home. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2013 with a degree in political science. Maryam interned with Illinois State Representative Sara Feigenholtz, volunteered at 826CHI, a non-profit writing and tutoring center with … Read more

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

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

Just Harvest

Just Harvest is a nonprofit organization that reduces hunger through sustainable, long-term approaches that lift up those in need. Just … Read more