What does food sharing mean to you and why is it important?
This is, for sure, the most meaningful hobby I’ve ever had. We have become so used to abundance that we’ve lost our appreciation for seasonal produce and the cost has been detrimental to nature. This is really a passion of mine and I want to rescue more and more food to stop the damage to our environment. I try to educate people on food waste where I can, encourage them to eat food that is still good to eat. It is not sustainable to keep going as we are because our demands for abundant food is destroying nature.
How does this passion help you in your job?
I look to live in a carbon neutral way so I began with changes to my diet. I became a vegetarian and turned to sustainable transport to get around. The next step for me was to join an association to be more sustainable so I do that through the Foodsharing association. Lastly, I wanted to connect my passion with my career so I am now doing an MBA in sustainability management. Together, with my job, it really optimizes my lifestyle choices in a very holistic way and that makes me very happy.
How do you feel about your job now?
I feel honored and privileged to be in my role. I had very little experience when I first began but put a lot of effort into leading the change so for me Covid was actually a help. The work I do now makes me happy because I know it’s having a big impact, which is really important to me, so I’m truly privileged to be doing this on a global basis.
What would be your advice to others to encourage them into volunteering?
I’d say it’s easy to be busy but volunteering is really important and shows others that you are trying to find the time to give something back. The feeling that it gives you is so rewarding and helps to improve mental health, will reinvigorate you and even make you more productive. The impact we can all have is huge. If all 40,000 employees were to spend the three days allowed to them for volunteer work that would equate to 120,000 days of service giving back to our society and special causes. It’s also a brilliant opportunity for getting your team together and doing something with a shared purpose, enjoying the fresh air and doing good at the same time.