Welcome Lindsey Noyed, Community Outreach and Engagement VISTA

Lindsey Noyed joined FFEN at the beginning of September as our Community Outreach and Engagement VISTA. Get to know Lindsey by reading her bio below ...

Having grown up in the Phillips Neighborhood of South Minneapolis, I have always felt incredibly appreciative to be a part of this vibrant community. Over the years I began to see many disparities and injustices in this city and felt the urge to help out whenever and wherever I am able. I have volunteered and worked in a variety of different settings including Children's Hospital, Corner House, Ebenezer Care Center, Urban Arts, Jericho Roads Ministries and Habitat for Humanity. These experiences gave me real world experience that was both challenging and very fulfilling work, which directed me to my current career path. This last spring, I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minored in Sociology and Family Violence Prevention. My goal after this year is to go back to get my master's degree in Social Work and continue to serve my community with more experience and education under my belt.

Since its creation in 2010, the Foundation for Essential Needs has been doing remarkable work to combat food insecurity across Minnesota. Their mission is to “Reshape the food shelf system to provide equitable, healthy and predictable food options throughout Minnesota.” Having worked in the hunger relief sector at a food shelf in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood in the day to day functioning of the program, I am excited to learn on how to make an impact on food shelves on a larger scale. My hope for this year in the Community Outreach and Engagement VISTA position at FFEN is to gain more experience in the hunger relief sector and work to better the metro area and Minnesota as a whole through the very needed resource that food shelves are.