Elena Maltais

Elena Maltais: Warehouse Supervisor

Parkland Food Bank

What was your dream job as a kid?

Any job that involved using a typewriter or an adding machine. 

What led you into the food banking world?

I helped as a weekly volunteer then was hired on after a few years.

 

How long have you been involved with the food bank?

5 1/2 years.

Who inspires you the most?

All our volunteers. They come in ready to give 110% every time!

Describe one thing you have learned about food banking.

I learned that food banks across Canada are now becoming the resource for rescuing still-edible produce, dairy & meat from local stores which otherwise would have ended up in the trash.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to work in a food bank?

Most food banks can benefit from volunteers with a variety of skills that might not pertain to their daily volunteer duties (i.e., organizational skills, accounting, gardening, electrical/plumbing, fundraising experience, painting & renos, etc.). Let your local food bank know what your area of expertise is because it’s always helpful not having to hire out for costly jobs.