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Ms. Brianna Tenè Harris is a first-generation college student who openly talks about her desire to increase nutritional food access to low income communities. A native of Queens, New York, Tenè will be graduating from Spelman College this May with a dual degree in Spanish and Economics.
In her first year as a Bread advocate, Tenè has organized two Bread for the World events. Last year, Tenè co-organized a community meeting with Bread for the World. This meeting brought together students and community groups to discuss root cause issues and solutions to hunger concerns impacting Georgian residents. Shortly thereafter, Brianne bought together a group of Spelman students to participate and discuss Bread for the World Racial Wealth Gap Simulation.
“Bread for the World is a great organization. I’m looking forward to partnering with Bread for one more event in the Spring before I walk across the stage to start the next chapter of my life.”
In addition to her work with Bread, Tenè had the opportunity to participate in the pilot cohort of the Zero Hunger Internship Program, a new initiative developed by the Congressional Hunger Center and the Bonner Foundation, this past summer. The program placed Tenè with Feeding America, where she was fully immersed in the politics of the Farm Bill and its impact on food assistance programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), The Emergency Food Assistance Program, and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. Tenè was so amazed at how much power policy has on food access, that she decided to continue this work into her fall semester at Spelman College.
Tenè is now actively working with the student groups to make sure her efforts do not fade once she graduates.
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