New Board member Maggie Cleary.
My name is Maggie Cleary, and I am excited to be the newest board member of LCFS. I am the outreach librarian at Morristown Centennial Library, which puts me in daily contact with so many members of our community- seniors, kids, adults of all walks of life, food share patrons and donors. This job is a daily reminder of what we all know- a community functions best when we connect and when we take care of each other. In my home life, I am passionate about growing, preserving, and preparing food for my family and friends, and I am always reminded of how fortunate I am to have the time, space and resources to do so. I have also waited tables in Lamoille County for more than two decades, and I see the ways in which food can be celebratory and bring people together, but also the vast amounts of waste and the social exclusion built into our systems of consuming food. On the food share board, I look forward to combining my passions for community engagement and food to help work through the complex issues that affect food security. What appeals to me most about the food share as an organization is that it is so very hands on, that the results are so very tangible, and that the reach into our community is so very broad. Like the library where I work, everyone is welcome at the food share, no questions asked. So far, I have just been enjoying getting into the food share once a week to help our amazing staff get food to people who need it, when they need it, with as few barriers as possible. This is really important daily work. Moving forward, I would love to continue to explore how the food share can partner with different organizations and parts of our community so that food can be more than just a commodity, so that food as celebration and food that brings people together is available to everybody in our community. I think if, as a community, we can keep in mind that we are only as strong as our weakest links, we can do a lot to strengthen the systems that sustain us all.