CSFP Coordinator, RI Community Food Bank
Yaruska Ordinola works at the RI Community Food Bank as a coordinator for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), a federal program that serves low income seniors. In her current role Yaruska also works alongside Food Bank staff to provide the best possible services for her community. As an immigrant herself, Yaruska cares deeply about her community, specifically the undocumented community that face many obstacles due to their status. She understands that access to higher education is significantly more difficult for undocumented students. This has led Yaruska to work with undocumented students to aid them in finding financial aid and other resources. She has worked with Coalition of Advocates for Student Opportunities (CASO), Tam Tran Scholarship Fund of RI, and the Rhode Island Office of Postsecondary Commissioner to advocate for undocumented students pursuing higher education. Yaruska believes that education is a basic human right, and everyone should have access to it regardless of their circumstances. Throughout her community engagement Yaruska lives her passion for public health and understands that it is a multifaceted field that encompasses all aspects of society. As a result of her work in education, on alleviating the hunger gap, and advocating for immigration reform, she plans to pursue a degree in public health to better support these efforts. Yaruska enjoys spending time with individuals who share her commitment and passion for advocating on behalf of their community. In addition, she enjoys hiking, making playlists, running, photography, and bullet journaling.