Phil is a 2004 graduate of The College of the Holy Cross with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. He volunteered for Student Programs for Urban Development, served as a Judicial Advisor, and interned with the Worcester County Food Bank. He also created the Educated Shopper Program, an educational course held in grocery stores that teaches participants about the importance of good nutrition and saving money when buying groceries. Phil served as a full time food service director for a Kids Café program in Worcester for one summer.
Field placement: San Antonio Food Bank
San Antonio, Texas
Phil worked to implement the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) at various sites throughout greater San Antonio. He researched CACFP policies, reviewed food bank programs and feeding sites that may have been eligible to participate in CACFP, designed and conducted a Child Nutrition Survey, and laid the groundwork to implement CACFP at the 8 Kids Cafés operated by the San Antonio Food Bank. Phil also updated fact sheets pertaining to each program of the food bank and created fact sheets for new programs.
Policy placement: American Public Human Services Association
Phil identified innovative state Food Stamp Outreach administrative procedures that simplified administration and enhanced access, with a concentration on those featuring alternative access points and partnerships with anti-hunger organizations. He organized the data into a Catalog of State Food Stamp Innovations and disseminated the Catalog to interested stakeholders. He also prepared and co-presented a workshop at the annual American Association of Food Stamp Directors (AAFSD) conference highlighting the most outstanding innovations.