Name: Hannah Brauer

Title: Food Shelf Community Engagement Fellow

Share about your professional experience (and background)?

I just graduated from Hamline University with a BA in Environmental Studies and Public Health. During my time at Hamline I engaged with the community extensively through my coursework and positions as a New Student Member, Student Coordinator with the Center for Justice and Law, Founder and Executive Board member of the Hamline Environmental Project, Summer Garden Coordinator, and more.

What most interested you about FFEN?

Food insecurity is one of the social justice and equity issues that I have always wanted to dedicate myself to. The work that FFEN does to fight poverty through addressing basic needs insecurity is a continuation of the work I have done during my undergrad, and seemed like the perfect first step to immersing myself in food insecurity work, and working to give back to Minnesota’s communities.

What are you most excited about in your role?

I’m excited to get to know my FFEN colleagues, to build my consulting and data analysis skills, and to work with Minnesota food banks to better serve their communities by implementing feedback from the 2022 MN Food Access Survey.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time I enjoy getting outside with my dog Boone, reading anything I can get my hands on, cooking, baking, and philosophizing about the interconnectedness of the greater world.

Favorite Quote? 

“The idea that some lives matter less than others is the root of all that’s wrong with the world.”

– Paul Farmer