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Food & Agribusiness Institute

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  •  SHFB Intern: Sarah Madden

    Wednesday, May. 29, 2013

    Who would have predicted that the relationships Sarah Madden, an Economics student, formed on a field trip with FAI last summer would have led to an internship at the SHFB (Second Harvest Food Bank) this year?


    Due to SHFB’s collaboration with FAI’s Cost of a Healthy Meal project, an internship program was created at SHFB for an engaged, interested Santa Clara student.


    This internship provides students with an opportunity to work hands-on with clients of Second Harvest Food Bank and conduct surveys to determine information on who is in need of emergency food assistance and their circumstances.


    The current focus of Sarah Madden’s SHFB internship is to assist Susan Takalo (Director of Programs and Services) and the Food Bank to distribute the Hunger Survey.


    The Hunger Survey is conducted by Feeding America, and has been distributed every four years as a nation-wide survey to more than 61,000 clients and more than 37,000 local charitable agencies (kitchens, pantries, shelters). But this is the first year that the Hunger Survey has been conducted on a face-to-face basis.


    Currently, Sarah Madden is the only SCU intern that works with Second Harvest Food Bank. Everyday Sarah learns new skills and experiences “in the field” work that have allowed her to step out of her comfort zone and challenge herself to evolve personally and professionally.


    Furthermore, this internship solidified that Sarah wishes to pursue a career that focuses on domestic and/or international food security and agricultural development.



    She has been working as a Second Harvest Food Bank intern since March 2013, and has loved the opportunities she has been exposed to so far!


  •  FAI Summer Internship

    Friday, Apr. 19, 2013


    FAI is having it's second year of summer interns for the "Real Cost of a Healthy Meal Project"! The goal is to get 800 interviews by September!

    The Food & Agribusiness Institute’s “Real Cost of a Healthy Meal” project is a long-term study started in 2011. Interns will research the ability of low-income individuals to purchase “healthy” foods by USDA guidelines with their food stamp allotments through interviews, diet analysis and food cost surveys. The internship will not only allow interns to improve their understanding of the links between public policy, economics, health and social justice, but it will also influence their ability to communicate, increase their working knowledge of Excel, and expose them to database software.


    This is one of our research assistants, Nick, conducting an interview with one of the clients.
  •  Food and Agribusiness Institute Research Fellowship Feeding America Research Study

    Monday, Oct. 15, 2012

    The Hunger in America 2014 will provide the most authoritative, comprehensive,
     and statisically vaid demographic profiles of the people seeking food assitance to
     date. The Hunger Study consists of two major parts, the client and agency survey
     in order to develop extensive demographic profiles of clients at charitable feeding
     agencies. As a result, the network will be able to supply unique and in-depth find-
    ings on the scope of food banking’s response to the hunger problem in America,
     the circumstances of those who seek our services, and the state of charitable food
     agencies who provide assistance through the Feeding America Network.

    Hunger in America Fellowship Details:
    1-3 quarters
    Hours/ time commitment flexible
    Stipend provided

    For more information, please contact Erika French-Arnold at or Susan Takalo at
    408-266-8866 ext.412 or email

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