Katie Pfeil currently serves as the Special Projects Coordinator at SEAMAAC, a non-profit organization based in South Philadelphia serving immigrants, refugees, and other marginalized communities. Most recently, Katie worked to spearhead SEAMAAC’s Hunger Relief efforts under the COVID-19 pandemic. While issues of hunger and food insecurity have always been prevalent, the COVID-19 emergency has exacerbated these inequities for communities of color. SEAMAAC has grown to serve over 20,000 households per month over 4 distribution sites. Katie’s experience with SEAMAAC during the pandemic has furthered her passion for advocacy and service. She looks forward to serving on FPAC to gain a deeper understanding of the Philadelphia food system, specifically learning about urban agricultural processes. Katie envisions a just food system where all families and individuals have access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food.
Prior to joining SEAMAAC, Katie completed her Bachelor of Business Administration at Temple University. She co-founded the student organization, Temple Refugee Outreach, dedicated to connecting students with recently resettled refugees in the Philadelphia area. Katie grew up on Long Island, New York where her mother first introduced her to the beauty of cooking. Katie’s mom was a home economics teacher for over 30 years. Some of Katie’s fondest memories are accompanying her mom to class and cooking with her students. From an early age Katie understood food as a unifying staple across countless communities.