VEAP is excited to introduce a new series offering a closer look at what our staff does on a day-to-day basis. First up is Sean Trenary, VEAP’s Mobile Foods Services Manager.
In his role, Sean works with volunteers who have signed up to support our Mobile Food Pantry, which involves going out into the community to bring a smaller food pantry on wheels to different sites. Sean and his team currently go to two locations, Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington and Yorktown Senior Citizen Center in Edina, with hopes and plans of adding more locations in the fall.
Due to COVID-19, Sean and his team had to scale back their mobile food deliveries and home deliveries, another program Sean works with volunteers on. For home deliveries, Sean and other volunteers bring food to those who are unable to make the trip into Bloomington to the VEAP main location. Despite COVID-19 limiting home deliveries, Sean and his volunteer team still make 15-25 home deliveries each day. We are so grateful for the devotion Sean has to making food more available to people in our community!
Sean’s favorite part of working at VEAP is being with people who want to help the community:
“It’s encouraging to work with so many people who want to help folks. Everyone is here for the same reason, be it volunteer or staff, wanting to help out the community. It’s really empowering to me, and encouraging and energizing, to meet people in the community and hear their stories and connect with them. It’s all about those relationships for me.”
Despite being so focused on relationships and being outgoing and approachable, Sean is afraid of… mascots! Count Sean out of chatting with and building a relationship with Goldy the Gopher or any other mascots; they’re too mysterious for him!
VEAP is so grateful to have such a devoted staff and community member in Sean. Come volunteer with our Mobile Food Pantry to help out the community, talk to Sean and ask him about his fear of mascots!