Come behind the scenes and meet the people who make the organization run! This month’s featured staff member is Lorena Carranza, CalFresh Outreach Manager.
What’s your favorite thing about working at SFBFS?
I love absolutely everything! As a past recipient of our Adult Education and Youth Education programs, I give thanks every single day for the opportunity to work SFBFS. It is truly an honor to collaborate with our amazing staff – my extended family, dedicated volunteers and Partner Agencies in bringing solutions and compassionate programs and services to those we serve, with dignity and open arms.
What does a typical workday at SFBFS look like for you?
I oversee our CalFresh outreach services, enjoy developing and implementing new aspects in our outreach, conducting presentations to clients and Partner Agencies. Part of the work I do, includes maintaining good connections between SFBFS and grants funders, Partner Agency Network and community based organizations.
What inspires you in supporting the SFBFS mission and culture?
There is a quote from Dr. King that I like to keep in mind which helps me not forget why we need to continue working hard every day to help those in need: “I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.”
When I first read this quote, it made me reflect and connect his words with our SFBFS’ mission and our unique approach of offering not only food, but education and other services to individuals and families in need. Also, how important our daily efforts to end hunger in our community are for those we serve in their journey toward self-sufficiency and financial independence.
What is your favorite pastime?
Listening to Spanish rock bands from the 80s and 90s, enjoying a BBQ at home or a weekend trip with my family.
What is your favorite fruit or veggie and why?
Avocados rock! Why? Because I love guacamole :)