FFEN Welcomes Quentin West as New Program Specialist!

Before moving to Minneapolis in 2017, Quentin graduated from Indiana University with a Masters in Public Health. After traveling with AmeriCorps all of 2016, he started work as the Community and Partnerships Coordinator with Merrick Community Services’ Nutritional Services program in St. Paul. From there he moved into the Program Manager role with Keystone Community Services’ Basic Needs program. Each position afforded the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the hunger sector, especially in the Twin Cities Metro. For the last two years, Quentin has worked with people experiencing homelessness, first with Hennepin County and most recently as a Supervisor with Ramsey County.

Quentin first connected with FFEN in the summer of 2021 as a volunteer, learning from the team in the field and recently as part of the Project Manager Cohort. Director of Programs, Katie Bull said, “We are so pleased to have Quentin on the FFEN team. He brings a strong knowledge of the hunger relief sector and operations at high-volume food shelves and will be integral in helping FFEN support even more food shelves across the state!”

Quentin grew up in Southern Indiana and has spent time living in Baltimore, NYC, and Louisiana before settling in Minneapolis. Quentin shares, “I’m excited to be a part of FFEN and get back to the hunger sector, working alongside those that serve our communities.”