Addie Lederman first joined FRN when she was approached by a friend in her freshman peer education class. Two years later, she's the Logistical Coordinator for Cornell University's FRN chapter and balances her time helping feed her community with working towards a Master's degree in earthquake engineering. Pretty impressive, huh? Read more about Addie below.
Name: Addie Lederman
School: Cornell University
Year of Graduation: 2016
Major/area of study: Civil Engineering
Position on leadership team: Logistical Coordinator
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Where are you from? Yorktown, NY
How did you get involved in FRN? As a Freshman, I was involved in a peer education class that promoted sustainability related to preventing food waste. One of the other co-founders of our chapter, John Lowry, approached me at the end of the semester, and asked if I'd like to join him and a few friends with this thing called Food Recovery Network, and I said sure!
Can you share a favorite FRN memory? One of my favorite memories was a recovery I did last year. We had just brought on our first few volunteers, and my sister, who also attends Cornell, joined as a volunteer. I got to mentor her for her first recovery, and we got over 80 pounds of food that night. It was super busy, but it was fun to see her enjoying it.
What's one thing you love about Cornell University? A lot of our professors are some of the top leaders in their fields, and we get to learn from them. Also, there's free popcorn in the Student Union all day every day.
What are your ambitions post-graduation? After graduation, I plan on getting a Master's degree in structural engineering, with a focus in earthquake engineering. But I still plan to get involved in reducing food insecurity in some way!
Tell us something unique about yourself! I really enjoy swing dancing, and I've made maple syrup from tapping the tree through jarring the final product.