Intern Post- Lauren Bleamel from San Francisco State

From Leah's Pantry Staff: Lauren, working with you was such a positive experience. You are hardworking, thoughtful, and clearly passionate about the work. Thanks for all of your help with workshops, social media (#MeatlessMonday), and various EatFresh.org events. We are so happy that you're doing retail food demos for us this summer! And good luck with your move and next chapter in Hawaii. Thank you and aloha! 

As a Health Education student at San Francisco State, I was given the opportunity to intern at Leah’s Pantry over the course of my final semester. I requested Leah’s Pantry as my internship site because of my interest in nutrition; I believe nutrition plays a huge role in our overall health and well being, yet there are many social determinants preventing individuals and entire communities from maintaining a healthy diet. My internship was an invaluable experience, as I was able to see everything I have learned in the SFSU Health Education program being applied and put into action. During my 12 weeks with Leah’s Pantry, I assisted with Food Smarts Workshops throughout the city, worked with the Feeding Potrero catering team, and helped with EatFresh.org tabling events in SF and Solano County. I was also able to participate in the Food Smarts Training Program for Educators, which was a great learning experience. I am so grateful to have been able to work with and learn from Monica, Alex, Danielle, Erin, Jessie, and Aoi, who show their passion and dedication to helping others in everything they do. My internship was overall a wonderful experience and I am looking forward to applying all that I have learned at Leah’s Pantry to my future adventures! :)