Welcome to Drew Ogg, CFI AmeriCorps VISTA!
Welcome to Drew Ogg, CFI’s AmeriCorps Outreach VISTA for the 2023-2024 service year! We’re looking forward to the next 12 months, excited about the many projects Drew will be working on. We invited him to answer a few questions to help you get to know him, and this is what he said:
1) What drew you to a year of service with CFI?
The biggest reason was really seeing myself in the people that CFI aims to help. Growing up in Southeast Ohio, I witnessed food insecurity and its effects at an early age. Feeling the need to help those with similar experiences, I could tell that I would have the best opportunity to do so working with CFI.
2) What is one of your favorite food related memories?
I spent a lot of time learning to cook by spending time with my grandmother in the kitchen. Something I especially looked forward to each year was Thanksgiving, when my grandma and I would spend 8+ hours hand-rolling the egg noodles. Of course, me being a child, my noodles were never the most lovely. Regardless, my grandmother always said mine tasted the best, and that made me feel special.
3) What is something you're looking forward to during your term of service?
I am definitely most excited for the opportunity to meet and build relationships with farmers and other similar organizations in the area. Having recently moved back to Southeast Ohio, I feel as if a term of service with CFI is the best possible way to understand, and put my roots in this community that has given me so much already.
4) If you were a fruit or vegetable, what fruit/veggie would you be?
I would have to go with a potato.* I really admire the versatility when cooking with them and the resiliency they have while growing.
Along with Drew, we have also welcomed three new Board members this spring. See our updated staff and learn more about them on our website. Be sure to say hello when you see them out and about in the community!
*Editor’s note: Two CFI team members have now said they’d be a potato were they a vegetable, and more have named potatoes as their favorite vegetable. There might just be a “Twenty Perfect Ways to Prep a Potato” workshop in the future … stay tuned!