“I love seeing the faces of my daughters when I share my achievements with them. They get to ask me questions like ‘so mum you mean I can pursue any career I want’? My response is always yes definitely. Dream big, don't accept no. If what you are looking for doesn't exist then find a way to create it!”
Feed the Community Project is solely and not limited to supporting the fight against hunger and food waste. They strive to reduce the amount of food that gets dumped in land fill to reduce damage to our environment.
As a resident of Southampton, Victoria took on the Feed the Community initiative in June 2020 to support local people struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic after seeing first-hand the lack or little interaction children had with fruits and vegetables when she worked as a Teaching Assistant at a local primary school.
Her and her team of local supporters were able to provide fruits, vegetables and other food items to compliment a healthy balance diet to people via weekly deliveries from a team of dedicated volunteers.
Feed the Community Project has been able to reach out to a variety of different community groups, as well as families that were isolating, on furlough, on Universal Credit, as well as single parents, single adults on a low income and older persons who struggle with mobility.
Victoria is passionate about reducing inequality, insecurity and isolation as the team expand on how best to support and empower local residents, with the aim to provide accessible support throughout the pandemic and beyond.
Tell me a bit about your role
As a community volunteer, I look for ways to procure, present and provide services that our community needs to thrive.
What do you like most about your role?
It's an opportunity to encourage my fellow women that we have what it takes to contribute positively in our various communities.
Most importantly seeing the faces of my daughters when I share my achievements with them. They get to ask me questions like "so mum you mean I can pursue any career I want"? My response is yes definitely - Dream big, don't accept no. If what you are looking for doesn't exist then find a way to create it! I constantly remind them that anything is possible with consistent determination, diligence and daring to succeed.
If you could tell your younger self anything now – what would it be?
My Dad was right. When he told me, you may not be a boy child, but you are the first fruit of my loins. "Sit down and let me tell you how important you are to me. I will support you as though you were a boy." He made me aware I could do anything and it's not about my gender but about what I want as a person.
This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #ChoosetoChallenge – what do you pledge to challenge this year?
I choose to challenge the obstacles of inequality and insecurity.
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