A Warm Welcome

A new city, a new job, and new opportunities, I’m so excited that I have the opportunity to begin working at the Regional Food Bank. It’s been quite a journey. I was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina and graduated from Clemson University in 2010 with a degree in Biological Sciences and Spanish. After graduating, I had the opportunity to teach English in Chile for a few months. I had a blast traveling and seeing different sites throughout South America. After my experience in Chile, I moved to Houston, TX for a year where I interned with a nonprofit organization that assists abused, neglected, or HIV positive children. My experiences traveling and living in different places have opened my eyes to the true issues that exist within the lives of many children in the world. Hunger is real!

I have always had a passion for helping others. Seeing hungry children in third world countries is disappointing. However, what is more disappointing is to know that our fellow community members may also be struggling with hunger. It’s upsetting knowing that such a huge issue like hunger even exists in America- the land of opportunity, right?  Well, the exciting news is that despite the reality of hunger, we can all make a difference. As a Child Hunger Corps Member through Feeding America, I will be working directly to help increase the capacity and capability of child hunger programs throughout our service areas. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue pursuing my passions to alleviate child hunger and am excited to work directly with the staff at the Regional Food Bank. When I first visited, I was in awe at the size of the facility and encouraged by the level of community commitment. I’ve noticed that the food bank not only provides food for those in need, but it also serves to build lasting relationships with individuals in the community. It’s so comforting knowing that I get to be a part of such a strong network that seeks to change the lives of those in need. It has been such a warm welcome and I am looking forward to the exciting things that will happen in the next few years!

Traci Simmons

Childhood Hunger Corps

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