Get to know the new faces at MDFMA – this is from our newest VISTA, Yael Ben-Chaim:
I grew in Amherst, Massachusetts where I became interested in the health field after volunteering at my local hospital for two years in high school. I graduated from Goucher College in Towson in May 2016, and knew I wanted to stay in Baltimore. I majored in environmental studies and minored in public health. I loved Goucher, and spent much of my academic time investigating case studies in Baltimore related to food justice and accessibility. I am ready to start my work in this field and am thrilled about my position with the Maryland Farmers Market Association.
My position with MDFMA aligns very well with my academic background and I am very excited to join the organization this year as an Americorps VISTA Member. I have loved visiting different farmers markets in the Baltimore area and am very excited to develop a nutrition education program for farmers market customers! In college, I interned for Partners for a Healthier Community, a health based organization in Massachusetts. As part of this position, I assisted with their mobile farmers market. This was a great opportunity to learn more about farmers markets and food access.
As a VISTA, I hope to learn more about what customers would want from a nutrition education program. Being a part of the Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps through Hunger Free America has given me the chance to network with other Vistas in the anti-hunger field. Learning from what others have done has contributed to my own knowledge in order to best maximize my year of service.