We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Madi Corry from the Campus Food Bank in Edmonton, Alberta.
What is your role in food banking?
I am the programs manager at the Campus Food Bank, a non-profit food bank located on the University of Alberta campus in Edmonton. We serve university students and staff, their dependents, and recent alumni.
Describe a typical day in one word.
What was your inspiration to get involved in food banking?
I began volunteering at the Campus Food Bank during my undergraduate studies. A job posting opened up serendipitously as I was graduating. Six and a half years later, I have not left. I am especially inspired when I get to meet other food bankers, and discover new and creative ways to support community members.
What is your greatest achievement in your current role?
In the time that I have worked at the CFB, we have grown in so many ways. We went from offering just a hamper program to a suite of food literacy and support programs. In the past month, our staff and volunteer team have also overhauled our original food hamper program into a grocery model. I am so proud of how far our organization has come to accommodate the food needs of our clients, while also providing them with choice and transparency into our program.
What is your greatest challenge in your current role?
The pandemic was a huge challenge. We had to pivot our programming multiple times, often with little notice for our volunteers and clients. We got creative with hosting online cooking sessions and re-arranging our office and processes to fit the constant changes. And my team really managed each new challenge over the past few years with such success and grace.
If you could have one wish granted that would address hunger in Canada, what would it be?
My wish would be to address poverty, as a root cause of hunger, with enough social supports for everyone to live comfortably and with their needs met.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I would love to be able to do a cartwheel.
If you could tell your younger self advice, what would it be?
Things will work out just as they are meant to!
Who are your heroes? Fictional or real life
My coworkers. The staff at the Campus Food Bank truly work tirelessly to make our organization better and support our campus community.
What is your idea of happiness?
Happiness to me is having impactful work, fun hobbies, and meaningful relationships. A pet or two is a big part of happiness for me too!
What is your motto?
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” The Lorax — Dr. Seuss
Something quirky about you that others may not expect or know?
I am also a student! I am currently about six months away from completing a master’s degree in Social Work.
Your theme song?
Anything by Lord Huron.
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