Welcome, Ellis!03 Mar 2021, by Harvest Against Hunger, Harvest Blog, Harvest VISTA in
Ellis Fahsholtz is from Kirkland, Washington with a background in environmental science and nonprofit administration. She spent the last five years working towards her BA and MBA in Salem, Oregon, and was lucky to be involved in the network of environmental and social nonprofits. At Willamette University, she worked on their WU MBA Community Grants Program with United Way for one year to develop the small team of grant administrators, and distribute $100,000 to local nonprofits focused on youth issues and community development. She also worked closely with the Pringle Creek Sustainable Living Center, which focused on sustainability and community education on environmental issues, piloting an urban farming class. Activism has been a driving force for her for years, and her experiences in Oregon dealing with equity and resource accessibility have sparked a passion for food justice; she is excited to work with others on these important issues here at Harvest Against Hunger.
Ellis is serving as an Americorps Vista at the Farm to Community program, which is working to create sustainable networks between local farms and food distribution centers, including food banks and meal programs. This allows better access to fresh produce within communities experiencing food insecurity that have barriers to accessibility, while also supporting small local farmers. Farm to Community encompasses multiple programs at Harvest Against Hunger, including Farm to Food Pantry, King County Farmers Share, and the PCC/NFM partnership.