By: Amber Jekot, Food Planning Task Force Organizer
Join me in Welcoming Kelsey Scherer and Amy Sattergren to the Food Planning Task Force!
Meet Kelsey Scherer, the Child Hunger Outreach Specialist as well as the FPTF’s Children’s Nutrition Work Group leader. Kelsey, a native of Chicago, graduated May 2011 from American University in Washington, DC with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies. Her concentration in community development in sub-Saharan Africa and minor in French allowed her to spend eight months studying grassroots community development in Cameroon and Mali. During college Kelsey interned for International Justice Mission, a human rights agency dedicated to bringing rescue to victims of violent oppression worldwide through a collaborative casework model. Desiring to learn more about serving her community through agriculture, Kelsey made the leap southward to join us in Waco, Texas to serve as the Produce Intern for World Hunger Relief, Inc.
Kelsey shares: “I came to the farm with the intention to tinker around in the dirt, to learn about vegetables, to grow in relationship with God and others, and delve deeply into interests that might illuminate my path forward as I consider how to best serve my community, wherever it may be.”
Though drawn initially by the World Hunger Relief Farm, Kelsey has fallen in love with Waco, beckoned by the fertile soil of beauty and potential in this city and its community.
Meet Amy Sattergren, the Food Planning Task Force’s new vista. Amy, a native of Cincinnati, studied International Studies at Baylor University, minoring in both Spanish and Religion. Throughout college she served as a Young Life leader for high school students in Waco where she was able to see first hand the effects of poverty. Amy saw hunger’s impact on the students’ education, nutrition, and future. Amy’s experience with hunger with students in congruence with her education on international development illustrated to her the frustrating complexity of poverty. Amy’s experience has led her to believe that collaborative, strategic, and holistic approaches rooted in love are key in combating poverty. Inspired by her faith, Amy believes she has a call from Psalm 82:3-4 to “maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.”
Amy shared: “Hunger is a tangible piece of injustice that we have the responsibility and capability to eliminate.”
Last summer, Amy helped with Summer Meals outreach as well as volunteered at one of the sites. Amy was encouraged by the enthusiasm of the Waco community to work together to serve children food during the summer and is excited about using her experience with the Summer Meals Program to address the barriers that keep our children from accessing food during the summer.
The Task Force is honored to have both Kelsey and Amy serve alongside us as we work to ensure that all community members have access to three nutritious meals a day, seven days a week.