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Staff Spotlight: Allie Dufault – Volunteer Program Specialist, Meridian

Before working at The Idaho Foodbank, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?   

I was an elementary school PE teacher, and it was just lovely. 

How has your job changed you? 

I have discovered that there is a real and unexpected goodness in so many people, regardless of what I might think of them initially. Watching the volunteers, I have realized how lucky I am to be working with this whole section of humanity that is trying their best to be good people.   

Any favorite line from a movie? 

“She doesn’t even go here!” from Mean Girls. Any time someone speaks out of turn I think of that quote and smile to myself.  

Do you have a favorite quote? 

“Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.” – William Thackeray  

Motto or personal mantra? 

Things are less stressful if you lean into the awkwardness of the situation.