Volunteer Name: Patricia Baker, M.D.
FFEN Volunteer Role: Food Shelf Space Planner
Current Professional Title: Retired Pediatrician
How did you get involved with FFEN?
I got involved with FEEN through a notice in the Inspired section of the StarTribune. It asked for someone to help with designing spaces for food shelves.
How long have you been volunteering with FFEN?
My first project was for Becker County in June 2021.
Why do you share your time and talents with FFEN?
I really enjoy the work. I have also enjoyed working with the FFEN Team and joining our virtual meetings. I’m learning a lot about the food distribution system and food shelf needs.
What is your professional experience (and background) and how does it relate to your volunteer role?
After retiring from my job as a Pediatrician, I spent two years earning an Architectural Drafting certificate. This was the first year that the Minneapolis Drafting school taught using CAD drafting. I now work with Chief Architect software at home. The software is very flexible and efficient. It can produce 3D walkthroughs of houses with all the furnishings and backgrounds. I wish it could do walkthroughs of food shelves, but so far there are no 3D images of pantry items. Maybe someday –
What have your volunteer projects looked like with FFEN?
I have done space plans for United Way Becker County, Centennial Lakes, CLUES, and Sabathani.
What impact have you seen from your volunteer projects with FFEN, either within the organization or for a local food shelf?
I don’t know If any of these Food Shelf Plans have been finalized, but I do think that the drawings have helped the planners to visualize their spaces and discuss alternate layouts.