Paper Session on Contemporary Issues in Food Justice & Organization
Hunger in Crisis: Food Bank Practices and Their Impact on the Social Safety Net
Grants & Awards
Graduate Program FellowshipTuition and stipend from University of California, Davis2023
Graduate Student Association, Travel Award$500 from University of California, Davis2023
Sociology Graduate Program Travel Grant$1000 from University of California, Davis2022
Sociology Small Research Grant$1000 from University of California, Davis2022
Graduate Program FellowshipTuition and stipend from University of California, Davis2022
Graduate Student Association, Travel Award$300 from University of California, Davis2022
Invited Panelist for Panel on Organizing for Food Justice: Scaling Up and Reaching Out
I draw on 62 in-depth interviews with food bank leaders across the U.S. and secondary materials from websites and news articles to explore how food banks’ programs and metrics reflect their approach to addressing hunger.
Amid the pandemic, food banks' role in the US social safety net has grown. Yet, their origin as a solution to food waste raises questions. Based on 52 interviews, this study identifies three food bank models for tackling food insecurity.
Applying food justice to the private food assistance network, this project examines access disparities in this alternative food system. Using regression analysis, it finds poverty, race, and urbanicity significantly associated with food bank accessibility in California.
Past Research Assitants
Juli graduated from The University of California Davis, in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Service and a minor in Chicanx Studies. She is interested in aiding marginalized communities like people of color, women, low-income, and undocumented populations. While working with Alana, she developed a better understanding of the difficulties various groups face accessing food in Yolo County and learned about various food banks through out California.
Kymberley Chu graduated in 2021 from the University of California, Davis double majoring in Anthropology and International Relations. Kymberley aspires to pursue academic research and PhD programs that examine social issues such as the psychology of racism. She enjoys reading, coding, weightlifting and making mind maps in her free time.
An graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Sociology degree in 2022. She is pursuing a career in food justice with an emphasis on promoting cultural inclusivity and plans on studying public health in the future. In her free time, she likes running, gardening, cooking, and listening to music.
Sophia is graduated from UC Davis in 2022 with a Sociology major. She is interested in research related to education, criminology, and food disparity. She is planning on pursuing a career related to administrative social work. She enjoys reading and hiking in her spare time.
Valeria Hernandez graduated from the University of California Davis in 2020 with a sociology and Spanish double major with an emphasis in law and society. Her future goals revolve around housing inequality and food disparities within the United States. Throughout her undergraduate career, she focused on being able to give back to the community. Her upcoming goals revolve around obtaining her masters in social work, and one day look more into the field of law.
Eindra graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Sociology degree in 2022. After graduation, she plans on becoming a pediatrician and doing public health work. Outside of her career interests, she enjoys creating art, photography, going to the gym, and traveling.
Jeffrey graduated in 2022 from the University of California, Davis double majoring in Sociology - Organizational Studies and Community and Regional Development. He is interested in pursuing a career in nonprofit development. He enjoys making Spotify playlists, going to concerts, and traveling alone in his free time.
Reyna Morabe graduated from UC Davis in 2021 with a double major in Sociology Organizational Studies and Economics. She was a peer educator intern for the Center for Leadership Learning, a member of the student-run organization UCD Mental Health Initiative, a member of the Underrepresented Minorities in Economics Society, and a research assistant in the Sociology department. She is passionate about learning ways to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion into her work.