This blog is the first in a series of "Getting to Know Us" posts from Food Link founders, employees, interns, and volunteers. Continue reading to hear from Brittany Peats, Food Link's Operations Director.
I am the Operations Director at Food Link where I manage the operations, outreach, development and institutional advancement of the growing food rescue non-profit. I enjoy working with Matt, our new volunteer coordinator, several consultants and over 100 generous volunteers. If you are a Food Link volunteer, you have probably received initial information about Food Link, your monthly schedule, daily reminders and other correspondence from me!
I work on outreach projects including Facebook, this website and the monthly newsletter, alongside Michelle, our communications intern. Adrienne, our grant writing intern, helps me write grant applications and reports to federal, corporate, organization and family foundations. In 2016, we applied to over 30 grants and received $46,000 in grant funding! I also help to organize outreach and fundraising events; perhaps you saw us at the Arlington Farmers Market during the summer!
One part of my job as Operations Director that I really enjoy is organizing the quarterly meetings of the Arlington Food Safety Net Coalition so organizations in our area can share information; learn about other anti-hunger programs; and generate ideas for how the community can best serve those in need. I appreciate our partnerships with the local food donors and recipient agencies.
Before joining Food Link, I earned a Master’s Degree in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from the Friedman School at Tufts University, a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Boston University, and a BA from Vassar College. I have worked at Project Bread - The Walk for Hunger, the City of Boston’s Office of Food Initiatives, and Tufts University’s ChildObesity180. Currently, I volunteer as a nutrition instructor with Cooking Matters and coordinate a group of cooks with Community Cooks.