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Emerson Fellow

Alfred Gary III

30th Class, 2023-2024

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Alfred is a graduate of the University at Buffalo, earning his MPH with a concentration in Health Equity. Shaped by his life experiences as a Black male born and raised in Buffalo’s predominantly Black neighborhood, structural realities like food insecurity, lack of mobility, and mass incarceration, have fueled his aspirations to advance health and food equity in communities like his own. Following his graduate training, Alfred executed community-based research to promote food equity as a fellow in the UB Food Lab and has continued to fight food injustice by providing fresh produce, food, and meals to the underserved by working with Buffalo Go Green, a not-for-profit organization. As an Emerson fellow, Alfred looks forward to learning about successful policy strategies that can prevent food and health equity, especially in Black communities and urban areas while amplifying voices directly impacted by hunger and poverty.

Field placement: Hunger Free Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma