Rachel Merker Director

Rachel received her Bachelor's degree in Public Policy from Duke university in 2012.  After spending two years working with Agape Sverige in Sweden, she earned her Master's in Public Policy at Georgetown University, focusing her coursework on domestic child poverty and food insecurity.  During her time at graduate school she worked as a micro-economics teach assistant and interned with Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry and Prosperity Now. She also worked with a team of students to perform a year-long program evaluation for a local after-school program, DC SCORES. She is passionate about using evidence driven policy to improve the lives of vulnerable children and will be working on the Children’s Budget Coalition, and family tax policy, and nutrition at First Focus.

Resources by Rachel Merker


The Proposed Public Charge Rule Will Make Children Hungrier

| November 16, 2018 |

When children don’t have enough to eat, it makes it harder for them to learn, grow, and thrive. Unfortunately, the Department of Homeland Security


Fact Sheet: Administrative Threats to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

| October 24, 2018 |

Food insecurity remains a major threat to health and wellbeing of 12.5 million children in America. This means that in 2017, one in six children


Fact Sheet: The Public Charge Rule Harms Children

| October 10, 2018 |

The strength of our country’s economic future is dependent on the wellbeing of our nation’s children, who make up our future tax base. Children


Fact Sheet: A Snapshot of Children Living in Poverty: 2017

| September 24, 2018 |

Our nation’s economic security depends on the well-being of our children, who are our future workforce and tax base. Yet data recently released from


Food Insecurity Data Underscores Importance of Farm Bill for Children

| September 5, 2018 |

New data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that the nation’s children continue to experience food insecurity at higher rates than the


Migrant children in government custody deserve healthy meals and adequate nutrition

| July 9, 2018 |

In the wake of the administration’s catastrophic and cruel zero tolerance policy at the southern border, advocates, policymakers and the public are demanding renewed


Bipartisan Senate Farm Bill Rejects the Harm of the House Version

| June 21, 2018 |

Last week, the Senate Agriculture Committee advanced the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill. Unlike their counterparts in the


The House Farm Bill Draft Would Make It Harder for Families to Put Food on the Table

| April 13, 2018 |

Yesterday, the House Agriculture committee introduced its draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. This major legislation authorizes the nation’s largest federal food assistance program—the Supplemental


The President’s Budget Speaks Louder Than His Words on School Safety

| February 22, 2018 |

Last week’s devastating mass shooting at a Florida high school has led to renewed calls on Congress to act to end the scourge of


Fact Sheet: Impact of the President’s 2019 Budget Proposal on Child Nutrition Assistance

| February 20, 2018 |

The President’s Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 19) budget includes several harmful proposals that would drastically cut and restructure domestic food assistance programs that serve