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Staff Spotlight – Carrie Jilek:  Programs and Partnerships Manager, Meridian 

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

I did research in molecular microbiology at Boise State University! 

People would be surprised if they knew: 

I traveled Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda as a solo traveler a few years back. It was both challenging and rewarding! I’ve also been in a Turkish wedding, in Turkey! 

How has The Idaho Foodbank helped you in your career development? 

The Idaho Foodbank has been a safe, supportive, and rewarding place to work. I feel like I’ve been both supported and challenged to grow as a professional. 

Best vacation you’ve been to? 

Backpacking through Southern Mexico for 3 months. 

Motto or personal mantra? 

Be kind.