Staff

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Linda Samost, Founder & Director
A native Philadelphian, Linda’s 25 years of experience in program development and evaluation for non-profit organizations and background as a chef in restaurants make her uniquely qualified to run Sunday Suppers. She believes that regardless of income, neighborhood or culture, everyone is entitled to adequate, affordable and healthy food. Any program attempting to support those in need must do so with dignity and respect and integrate the voices and needs of that community. linda@sundaysuppersphilly.org

Hope Levin, Family Engagement Coordinator
Hope is responsible for the coordination and management of program activities, and is our link to our families, partner site and the community. Before starting at Sunday Suppers in September 2015, Hope served as Program Director for two initiatives in New York City which focused on empowering those who have experienced homelessness and/or incarceration to create new paths in their lives. Hope holds a BA in Sociology from Rutgers University, and a MSW from Fordham University. “I believe in the power of safe, positive and healing communities to empower people to make changes in their lives, Sunday Suppers creates that space for people.” hope@sundaysuppersphilly.org

Drew Gold, Chef
Drew has a deep love for food, from growing, to cooking, to preserving, to storytelling. She has ten years of experience cooking and growing food with a strong focus on how our food systems play into social justice issues. She has experience running school gardens and small farms, cooking in restaurants, and teaching people of all ages how to grow, cook and preserve their own food. She finds herself at home cooking with a crowd and sharing food. She feels that the kitchen, the garden, and the act of sharing food has great beauty and power in bringing people together in many ways. Drew has found a home and community in Philadelphia and is proud to be part of local efforts toward a more just food system. drew@sundaysuppersphilly.org
Khaliah Pitts, Intern
Khaliah is an Masters of Public Health candidate at Temple University specializing in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She has spent most of her working career in health education, and has a specific passion for African diasporic nutrition, health and culinary traditions. Khaliah believes that gaining control over ones health and food system is a crucial step towards liberation.

Christma Guilloux, Intern
Christma Guilloux is a Temple University Public Health student. As an immigrant from Haiti his dream is to eventually start his own non-profit to serve the less fortunate population back home. For now he would like to build his knowledge of how a non-profit organization runs in a way that will help him to succeed in his future endeavors. Outside of the classroom and professional settings, he loves music, art and enjoys singing in his free time. He has a passion for food, healthy eating and exercise, which is why Sunday Suppers sparked his interest. He is proud and excited to be part of the Sunday Suppers program.

SHARE Food Program, our fiscal sponsor, is a nonprofit organization serving a regional network of community organizations engaged in food distribution, education SHARE promotes healthy living by providing affordable wholesome food to those willing to contribute through volunteerism. SHARE fiscal sponsorship is a natural fit addressing the issues of food insecurity, food access and the empowerment of families. Visit SHARE’s website to learn more. visit SHARE website

Memphis Street Academy Charter School is a Renaissance School; its vision is for all Memphis Street Academy students to display strong character, to be prepared to continue their education, and to be able to inspire confidence as the next generation of productive citizens in the city of Philadelphia. The central goal of Memphis Street Academy is to immerse middle school students into a dynamic and success orientated learning experience everyday. This happens by infusing critical thinking, innovation, and creativity in every aspect of teaching and learning. Please click here to go the the Memphis Street Academy website.