Teen appreciates summer job that gives back to Airdrie
Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 06:00 am
Konrad Meusburger comes from a family that understands the importance of food banks in the community. His mom works at the Calgary Food Bank and now Meusburger is spending his summer working at the Airdrie Food Bank.
The 19 year old will be heading to Mount Royal University in September to start his Bachelor of Science degree. He said he dreams of being a geologist some day.
When he finished high school in 2013, Meusburger said he decided to take a year off to work and figure out what he wanted to do when he finishes his post secondary education.
Meusburger, who lives in Calgary, found out about the job from his mom and has been working at the Airdrie Food Bank since May as the warehouse assistant.
He said a typical day includes taking in donations, stocking the shelves, putting away the bread, and assisting people who walk in to the building looking for help. He’s also been asked to go over to the new Airdrie Food Bank building under construction next door to help with the construction site.
It’s not glamorous but Meusburger said he’s happy to help wherever he’s needed.
It’s part of the way he gives back to the community.
“I like getting to know everybody,” he said. “Seeing people and talking to people, being able to help out with everyone that comes in and needs help.”
“There is no hard part about the job,” he added. “I can’t think of anything.”
Meusburger explained he appreciates the importance of food banks from watching and helping out his mom at the Calgary Food Bank.
“Food banks play a good part in helping people getting through their tough spots,” he said. “Between jobs, or between school and job; you know, the tough temporary times. I think food banks are really essential then.”
In 2013, the Airdrie Food Bank distributed 1,350 hampers to 1,976 adults and 1,753 children. They also provided bread and extras to 3,720 families, served 4,599 breakfasts to elementary school students (aged five to 10) through the R.J. Hawkey Breakfast Program, and handed out 12,862 emergency “snack attack” shelf items to 18 school programs during the 2012/2013 school year.
Meusburger will work at the Airdrie Food Bank until the end of August. The food bank was able to hire the extra help thanks to a Canada Summer Jobs grant from the Government of Canada