Recovery at UMD!
Member Support fellow, Mika, on a recovery at University of Maryland. This chapter is one of 30 chapters she works with in order to provide additional resources and helps them strengthen their relationships with their hunger fighting partner agencies in the community.
FRN @ Florida State University
Volunteers at Florida State University on a basketball game recovery, ready to deliver the food to a nearby community partner.
Food Recovery Network turns 3!
Food Recovery Network team celebrates its three year anniversary.
FRN Core Values: Everyone can be a Leader
The following is the third post in our series of blogs detailing FRN’s core values–six key components that motivate us and influence the work we do. Member Support Fellow Marlene Haggblade walks us through core value number three. Stay tuned for the next three! What are your core values?
Many of the students in our movement had no idea they could start or lead their FRN chapters–until they did. At FRN, we meet people where they are to maintain and build on students’ optimism and energy around making a difference while helping them work with existing institutions. We accept that everyone we work with has his or her own way of doing things, inspired by experience and creativity and we are flexible and adaptable to ensure that everyone can make unique contributions to the food recovery effort.
"Take a minute to close your eyes and picture a leader. Who materializes in front of your very eyes? Your wonderful mom? Nelson Mandela? Your friend who fought and survived lymphoma? Hillary Clinton? The student body president? Chimamanda Adichie? Who is a leader?
I argue that within each individual lies a potential leader. And believe me, I was initially skeptical to come to this conclusion! But, I don’t think leadership can or should be myopically defined as those who hold ‘top’ positions in groups, organizations, or countries. Leaders exist all around us. People have and will continue to constantly influence our lives–an ebb and flow of actions, words, and passion. Influence, a multifaceted and complex endeavor, comes from the top-down, from the bottom-up, from the left, from the right, and often from the people we interact with most on a daily basis. Jim Rohn, a famous motivational speaker, said we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. Who does that make you?
Leadership calls for every one of us to influence and to change. To embrace our roles as a leader, rather than excuse ourselves simply because we are not, nor will we ever be Martin Luther King, Jr. Leaders surround us, support us, guide us. The diversity and depth truly penetrates present static definitions of leadership. You are a leader. What kind of leader will you be?"