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Barrett EbrightBarrett Ebright

Willamette Senior Receives 2004 Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship

Barrett Ebright, a senior sociology major from Vashon, Wash., has been awarded a 2004 Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship. The National Hunger Fellowship, a project of the Congressional Hunger Center, is a unique leadership opportunity for motivated individuals who wish to make a difference in the struggle to eliminate hunger and poverty. The 12-month program provides fellows with a living allowance of $10,000, plus an additional $2,000 housing stipend and cash award of $3,500. Ebright was one of 24 National Hunger Fellows from a field of 250 nominees nationwide.

Fellows are initially placed for six months with urban and rural community-based organizations involved in fighting hunger at the local level. These organizations include food banks, community kitchens and local advocacy agencies. They end the fellowship in Washington, D.C., with six months of work at national organizations involved in the anti-hunger and poverty movement.

The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program develops hunger-fighting leaders with a deep understanding of hunger and poverty at both the local and national level. In nearly a decade of fighting hunger, fellows have developed and enhanced programs that directly serve those in need of nutritious, sustaining food, while also working with national advocates to keep the needs of individuals and families at the heart of important policy developments.

At Willamette, Ebright works as a program assistant for the Community Outreach Program and is a member of the Bearcat track and cross country teams.

For additional info on the Congressional Hunger Center and/or the hunger Fellowship: www.hungercenter.org/national/national.htm