What is your role/what do you do at THC?
My official title is Program Manager. I am in charge of the weekly food distributions, the food rescue program, and the volunteer coordination. I also collaborate with other staff who work in the program world to make sure all of our programs are running cohesively. You can find me any day at any time, picking up a food donation, driving food boxes to Ketchum, hanging out at the reception desk, giving new volunteers a tour or cleaning in the warehouse. I don’t know if I run the joint or if the joint runs me.
As a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
As a kid I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wanted to be an astronaut, a marine biologist, a veterinarian, a music producer, a world class chef, a geneticist, an archeologist..anything and everything that sparked any interest needed to be turned into a career. To this day I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up but I hope being here at the Hunger Coalition will lead me to my passion.
What does food justice mean to you?
To me, food justice means that parents get to choose yummy fresh fruits and veggies for their kids instead of cheap low nutrient foods because they don’t have to take price into consideration, that food related diseases stagnate or decrease because we all have access to foods that do our bodies good. We all want to do well for ourselves physically and mentally as we grow into adults and start our own families and having access to good healthy food should not have to be a privilege, but a standard way of life.