2015 - 2016 Academic Year
Andrew Donnelly, Duquesne University - B.S. Health Management Systems
Andrew comes to the PFPC from Duquesne University where he is working towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Management Systems. In fall of 2015, Andrew was selected to take part in the Community Engagement Scholar Program at Duquesne, where the PFPC serves as placement site. Since coming on board in September, Andrew has worked to develop materials for PFPC’s First Annual Food Day; provided updates for PFPC marketing materials; and is currently working on researching hospital mandates and community benefits related to the Affordable Care Act.
"My work with the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council has covered many facets of community involvement. The PFPC has allowed me to sit down with partners of the organization to better understand the current state and direction our community is heading. I’ve been given the opportunity to communicate with local and state government officials to voice our need for their support. When they have provided this support I’ve been able to learn from their perspectives regarding our cause. I have been able to conduct research regarding issues that are of the utmost importance to our community, and furthermore evaluate the PFPC’s role in solving these issues. I have also completed small, but vital, jobs such as updating databases and working on informational pamphlets."
Rachel Forlifer, Chatham University - M.A. Food Studies
"This semester, I have been working on the development of An Urban Grower's Guide: Selling the Food You Grow in Pittsburgh, a web-based guide that provides resources to explain the rules and regulations related to selling food that you have grown in the city. Grow Pittsburgh and Penn State Extension - Allegheny County helped with this project, and we wanted a guide that would be comprehensive and reach a broad audience of urban growers. It covers most of the topics you might run into if you are selling the food you grow, from business planning and funding to where to find practical growing information. There are aspects of the guide that might be useful to backyard gardeners looking to sell some vegetables, while other parts will be helpful for community gardeners or someone starting an urban farm. In addition to this guide, I have also been researching the connection between urban agriculture and community health, with the goal of writing a policy brief that advocates for the health benefits of urban agriculture."
Eliza Kaye, University of Pittsburgh - B.A. Urban Studies
"For my internship at the PFPC, I have been working on a project to analyze and strengthen the Pittsburgh Public Schools’ food system. As part of this project, the PFPC has been working in conjunction with the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, and will continue to do so to see the project through. My personal role was to help research the current school food circumstances (e.g. budget, points of contact, best practices, current regulations and laws at local, state, federal level) within the Pittsburgh Public Schools in order to gain a thorough understanding of how to move the system forward. Additionally, I attended meetings with the Food and Health Equity Working Group at the PFPC to meet with different stakeholders in the organization. In preparation for the Harvard team's visit to Pittsburgh, I have been helping to coordinate logistics for that. Ultimately, with the help of Harvard’s work, we will be able to create a working document that can hopefully be used to present to officials throughout Pittsburgh in order to make change within PPS and the school food system.
Experience: My experience with the PFPC has been great, to say the least. Everyone is so warm and welcoming but they are also extremely driven and passionate about making change in Pittsburgh. Going further, I have thoroughly enjoyed my project at PFPC and all of the new knowledge I have gained from being an intern here. Food systems are so vital to a well-functioning and sustainable city, and I believe with the help of PFPC, Pittsburgh will continue on the tracks to achieving its goals."
2014 - 2015 Academic Year
Jess Sprunger - PULSE Fellow
Haly Hock & Alyssa Gurklis - Penn State University EFSNE Interns
2014 - 2015 Academic Year
Jilian Gordon & Shannon McCullough - EFSNE Interns