Come behind the scenes and meet the people who make the organization run! This month’s featured staff member is Sonia Ran, Neighborhood Food Access Network Assistant Manager.
1. What’s your favorite thing about working at SFBFS?
We are an organization that’s not afraid to ask ourselves why. We are constantly seeking to improve our approaches and methods so that we can truly begin to #EndHungerSacramento. We recognize that if the current state of affairs was the answer, then hunger would no longer be a challenge that our community faces. This is a simultaneously inspiring and daunting notion because we know that we can’t settle! I’m humbled to have the opportunity to work in that type of environment.
2. What does a typical workday at SFBFS look like for you?
My work with the Neighborhood Food Access Networks is always evolving since we are in the development phase of the model. I currently facilitate five monthly meetings for hunger-relief organizations by community in Sacramento County; we are rolling out a total of 13 meetings over the course of the next year that cover the entire county. I also do data visualization through GIS—I make maps—and compile data for data-driven programming. Never a dull moment!
3. What inspires you in supporting the SFBFS mission and culture?
Hunger and poverty are questions that our world has yet to find an answer to—I have no doubt that we are far from developing an answer, but to be part of working towards that is absolutely inspiring and motivating.
4. What is your favorite pastime?
Spending time with friends and family is the ultimate pastime for me, whether we are playing board games, dancing it out at a concert or trying the newest brewery in Sacramento.
5. What is your favorite fruit or veggie and why?
Persian cucumbers are my favorite because they are crunchy, juicy and the perfect snack-size!