Khue Tran is originally from the Twin Cities metro of Minnesota. She moved to Seattle, WA for the beautiful scenery, climate, and proximity to both the mountain ranges and the ocean. Her favorite thing to do year-round is to explore, hike and camp the PNW with her family and two year old husky. Khue joins Harvest Against Hunger as an AmeriCorps VISTA with a background in business management and nonprofit administration. She has spent the last 7 years working with horticulture and recreation agencies in the local government and nonprofit sectors. After spending most of the pandemic year supporting local Farmer’s Markets and volunteering at an urban food bank farm, Khue is on an endeavor to learn more about the country’s food system, sustainability, circular economics, and help address the catalyzers of food insecurity and injustice. Khue serves as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the New Roots Program at the International Rescue Committee in SeaTac, WA. The International Rescue Committee’s Seattle Office helps approximately 2,500 refugee and immigrant community members annually, most of whom live in South King County. Most are new to the United States, speak languages other than English, and make less than 200% of the FPL. Some program participants cannot access mainstream government assistance due to documentation status, residency requirements, and other barriers. The IRC’s New Roots Program is working to address increasing food security by connecting people with community resources, helping families grow healthy foods safely at IRC’s four community garden sites, and distributing hundreds of donated food kits to families in need.