Meet our Super Summer Associates!

Give a huge HIP welcome to our Super Summer AmeriCorps Team!

This year we have 9 Summer AmeriCorps Associates, thanks to United Way of King County, who are working at HIP to help with Summer Eats 2019. These AmeriCorps all have different backgrounds and talents they bring to our program. We’ll let them introduce themselves! You can also read about our tremendously talented summer interns and staff here who are working alongside these Summer Associated to make Summer Eats happen!

Andrea at Cedarvale Village

Hola Everyone, 

My name is Andrea. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California — home to Dodger baseball! I moved to Seattle from Los Angeles in the Summer of 2015 with my husband after my honorable discharge from the U.S. Coast Guard. Currently, I’m a student at Seattle University pursuing my undergraduate degree. Investing in our youth by providing free healthy meals and fun summer activities is something I will always want to be a part of, and that’s why I’m here with HIP!



Elliot at Lake City Community Center

Hello! My name is Elliot Min and I am currently a 3rd year student at the University of Washington. I am double majoring in political science and law, societies,and justice (lsj). In my free time I enjoy playing the guitar as well as throwing around a football. I’m excited to work with United Way and H.I.P. because I have a passion for philanthropy and interacting with children. I want to have a direct impact and elevate their lives one meal at a time.

Rafeal at Lake City Court

Having recently graduated from Knox College with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, I came to Seattle to be with old friends and try my luck in a place I have never lived before. In my spare time I like to hike, play board games, and listening to music. I look forward to making meals for children and hosting great activities at Lake City Court!

Nick at ADWAS

My name is Nick Edney. I’m currently a student at Western Washington University, home in Shoreline for the summer. I’m a Psychology major, with my studies geared toward experimental and social psychology. I love what I’m studying, but I haven’t had much experience outside of school in working in social services. I saw the Hunger Intervention Program as a chance to expand my work experience and provide much needed meals to kids and teens. With my brother being deaf, and having the opportunity to work everyday  practicing my ASL around other deaf people, I saw this as a great way to improve my social skills by also helping children.

Molly at Meadowbrook

Hello, my name is Molly! I’m so excited to be working with HIP and the Summer Meals Program because, honestly, I don’t think there’s anything better than making kids smile! I’m currently a UW Seattle student, hoping to double major in biocultural anthropology and user experience (Informatics Human-Computer Interactions). I’d like to mesh these fields in my career one day so that I can combine my passions for people and technology. I always love a good conversation, so if you ever feel the need to chat – or see pictures of my pets – please feel free to say hi!

Pedro at Mobile Van Sites

Greetings Everybody! My name is Pedro.  After serving in the U.S. Marines for nearly eight years, in the summer of 2015, my wife and I moved to Seattle, Washington, to begin our new academic journeys at Seattle University.  Before calling the Pacific Northwest our second home, Los Angeles, California was where I grew up. To me, being a part of the 2019 Free Summer Meals is not just providing nutritious snacks to kids but providing a safe space for kids and teens to enjoy the summer!

Debbie at Paramount Park

I have been a Seattleite for the past two decades. Prior to moving to Washington state, I was under the impression that my mother was a gypsy.  I am the eldest of four children and was born in Texas. My siblings were born in Indiana, California, and Arizona. These are the few areas that my mother has lived.

I am looking forward to working with the (HIP)Hunger Intervention program this summer. I love the weather during the summer months and children. This program let’s me enjoy both. During the slow times while working with HIP, I will be reading Game Of Thrones instead of binge watching the series at home in my studio apartment.LOL!!!

Victoria at Shoreline Library

Hello! My name is Victoria and this is my first year serving as a VISTA!

I am a junior attending the University of Washington. I’m staying on campus for the summer and I’m excited to explore this side of Seattle. I have 3 younger siblings, all below the age of 6, so I’m used to working with kids and have grown a real admiration and understanding of them and things they are into, and I can’t wait to use those skills and use them in the Summer Meals program.

I chose to be a VISTA because I also had free/reduced lunch as a kid in school and many of my roommates struggled with food insecurity and faced struggles getting sufficient food during the summer time, so I took this as an opportunity to serve my community at the time and make some kids smile. I’m excited for the relationships and stories that I’ll gain through the summer by meeting all the amazing individuals that come to summer meals.

Juanita at Jackson Park

Hello! 

My name is Juanita and I am currently a Nutrition & Dietetics student at Seattle Pacific University. I hope to be able to work with people of various backgrounds and demographics as a dietitian once I graduate and to be able to utilize my passion to help others. I am thrilled to be working for Hunger Intervention Program and to be able to provide free meals for kids, since food insecurity is unfortunately still prevalent in our communities throughout King County and throughout the country. I absolutely love making people happy so I’m really looking forward to provide as many free summer meals as possible these next few months. 


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