Come behind the scenes and meet the people who make the organization run! This month’s featured staff member is Matt Pruitt, Volunteer Services Assistant Manager.
What’s your favorite thing about working at SFBFS?
I work primarily with volunteers so having the opportunity to work with and engage people genuinely wanting to improve their community on a daily basis is very uplifting.
What does a typical workday at SFBFS look like for you?
A typical work day for me involves scheduling volunteer groups from outside agencies (Wells Fargo, Intel, Starbucks, etc.) for a group volunteer event, giving tours of our Food Bank Services campus to new volunteers, working in the warehouse to oversee volunteer activities like food sorting and produce bagging, leading orientations for new volunteers - overall, coordinating all volunteer activities for folks who want to help out in any of our food related programs or our warehouse.
What inspires you in supporting SFBFS’ mission and culture?
As far as our mission, I think it’s extremely important that all of our programs have a focus of moving an individual in need towards self-sufficiency; whether we’re providing food for someone experiencing a difficult time like losing a job or helping new parents learn to better manage their time and money when they have a new addition to their family, ultimately our goal is to empower people and help them help themselves.
In regards to our company culture, the all in mentality among staff members is incredible- any time any department is in need of support, whether it be covering the reception desk for a few hours, helping to unload incoming orders, cleaning up after a large volunteer activity or assisting an individual looking to make an in-kind donation, other staff members and volunteers are there and ready to help each other.
What is your favorite pastime?
When I’m indoors, I spend a majority of my time watching news documentaries and drawing. When I’m outside, I like to skateboard and take road trips. I also like taking and collecting photos of trains and street art.
What is your favorite fruit or veggie and why?
My favorite fruit is a banana because it comes in its own convenient wrapper. My favorite vegetable is a tie between carrots and broccoli - mostly because you can cook them with anything and they turn out well.