Meet the YAVs

2017-2018 Boston Food Justice YAVs

Sarah Jeanne, Mary Frances and Stuart posing in front of the Boston skyline as seen from the tower at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Watertown.

Mary Frances Yeilding

Hi! My name is Mary Frances Yeilding. I am a recent graduate of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). I have a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science and will hopefully go to grad school to become an occupational therapist. Being outside is one of my favorite pastimes, whether it’s on a hike or on a run or taking photos or playing tennis or exploring nature with a dog. I love visiting new places and learning from the people there, so I am looking forward to this year in Boston!

Mary Frances is volunteering at Fourth Presbyterian Church in South Boston and Waltham Fields Community Farm in Waltham. Read her blog “Mary Francis Goes to Boston” here.

Stuart Mapes

My name is Stuart Mapes. I’m 22 years old and grew up around Richmond, Virginia. I recently graduated from the College of William and Mary, where I majored in English and government. My favorite things to do are read and exercise, and in preparation for my year as a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) in Boston, I started learning to cook. This year I hope to learn and experience how the blessing of food can nurture communities and the environment.

Stuart is volunteering with First United Presbyterian Church and Food for Free in Cambridge. Read Stuart’s “Just Nourishment” blog here.

Sarah Jeanne Shimer

Hi, my name is Sarah Jeanne, and I am very excited to spend my year at the Boston Food Justice YAV site! I graduated from Colby College in Maine with a degree in religious studies and science, technology and society. I see those two majors coming together in the area of environmental ministry, which I am looking forward to exploring further this year.

I spent the last year living and working at the American International School in Salzburg, Austria, within walking distance of sights from the Sound of Music. Experiencing God’s beautiful creation through traveling and spending time outdoors is one of my favorite pastimes. When I’m not planning my next adventure, I enjoy waterskiing, camping and wearing crazy socks! I am really looking forward to returning to New England, and learning more about food justice through practical experiences, as I embark on my YAV year.

Sarah Jeanne is volunteering with Hartford Presbyterian Church and A Place to Turn in Natick. Read Sarah Jeanne’s “Food, Faith and Fellowship” blog here.





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