I’m currently an AmeriCorps members with Cooking Matters at Gleaners Community Food Bank. I joined AmeriCorps after I graduated from college, and I didn’t like any of the job prospects that I had seen so far. I had worked at Gleaners previously, and I knew that I liked the work culture here. For me, a big part of choosing a life path is making sure that my work has an impact, and Cooking Matters AmeriCorps fit that bill perfectly. I didn’t have any formal background in nutrition or cooking; they were things that I enjoyed reading about or trying out new recipes, so I’m very grateful for the opportunity!
So far my favorite memory is when we made a stir fry in class for chicken week, and we made a sauce for the stir fry. One of the participants had never made a sauce before in his 50 years of living, and he loved it! Watching people cook and try new foods that are healthy, and having them actually enjoy it is super rewarding!
My service so far has changed my life because I have learned so much about myself and the people around me; I feel more confident speaking in front of people and I know that my creativity is something to be valued. I’m able to narrow down what fields I’m interested in (community advocacy, but in different fields!), but as to a specific job title, that remains elusive! I still have a few months to figure it out.