New Addition to the Fresh Truck team: Alessandra

Blog / New Addition to the Fresh Truck team: Alessandra

We are excited to have you on board as our first Northeastern Co-op! What brought you to the Fresh Truck team?

I’ve spent the last four years attending Northeastern University, working on my BSBA concentrating in Entrepreneurship & Management as well as minoring in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. Throughout my tenure at Northeastern I not only followed Fresh Truck’s progress, I’ve worked and volunteered my way through school and picked up many skills and relevant experiences that led me to Fresh Truck. Whether it was in Human Resources learning about new hire onboarding, working as a cashier in customer service, tutoring Algebra, collaborating to form the group Queer Students of Color, creating or being a administrative support fellow in the LGBTQA+ Resource Center my experience allowed me to discover that my passion was to help, inspire, and create community. Therefore on my mission to find my 2nd and final co-op, after looking through hundreds of jobs and going through months of the self-development outreach I found the Community & Storytelling Co-op and found that I was not only up for the challenge but inspired by our mission to impact health & challenge food access issues. Working on the Fresh Truck team gives me the opportunity to not only learn and challenge myself daily but to expand my networks with the communities of Boston, bring people together, and documenting the story of Fresh Truck, our neighborhoods, and our customers.

Food is our favorite, obviously. What’s your favorite food memory?

One of my favorite food memories is making Mixed Berry Pie with my Gram, although we have made several pies together mixed berry was always my favorite and this was the first pie I ever learned to make. In Gram’s kitchen everything is always made from scratch; from the filling all the way down to the crust. At the time, I felt as if the family’s magic was being passed down and taught to me through the instruction of a secret family recipe. While my hands attempted to mimic the master’s, I kneaded the dough, mixed copious amounts of berries with other magical properties such as lemon zest that seemed to only add to the magic. Only later did I learn that this was no family recipe, but my Gram’s creative and frugal spirit adapting and developing her own recipe over time through trial and error and many pies that were apparently less delicious, but that was always impossible for me to believe. Her mentorship and wisdom that day not only inspired me not only to become a well-developed cook and baker on my own but to always incorporate diligence, patience, and creative thinking into all that I put out into the world.

There is no shortage of things to do around here. What are you most excited to start working on at Fresh Truck?

Building a community around the Fresh Truck and what we have to offer is the challenge I am most excited to tackle. I’ve always loved talking to and connecting people to each other, but it is even more exciting to be doing it for a cause worth fighting for. I would love to tell the stories of our customers and translate to the world how our Fresh Cash program is changing the way we deliver health & wellness solutions in Massachusetts. I want to make sure that Fresh Truck is not just your weekly food market providing delicious & nutritious food to Bostonians, but also a place where people can come see their friend’s & family while also taking part in a community-based shift in food culture. As always I have big goals for my role at Fresh Truck and look forward to getting to know more about Boston.

Have any good food puns?

What does myself & Fresh Truck have in common? We’re kind of a Big Dill

Blog / New Addition to the Fresh Truck team: Alessandra

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