Sprouts Board of Advisors

Lydia-Fletcher

Lydia Fletcher

Account Coordinator, San Francisco, CA

The Inside Scoop

What is your profession? What do you love most about your job?

I currently work as an account coordinator for Impossible Foods. I think it’s so exciting to work at the intersection of sustainability food systems and business. I’m also coming off of a service year as an AmeriCorps VISTA working for Sprouts!

Why are you interested in cooking and food education?

I’ve also loved to cook and bake. After spending a year working on an organic farm, I realized how little people know about their food so I think it’s important to teach this at a young age!

What first made you interested in food?

I’ve always been fasinated by travel and learning about other. Food is such an important aspect of life for everyone. Studying environmental science brought me to the production side of food where I realized my passion lies.

What is the connection between your work and the advising you do for Sprouts?

Having worked with Sprouts for a year, I’m happy to be staying on and helping out in ways that I can. I have experience in event planning, grant writing, and social media, specifically promoting Sprouts’ mission.

Why do you think the work that Sprouts is doing is important?

Seeing Chef-In-Training interns come in from their interview stage to watching them graduate with the ability to both follow their passion and make an living has been incredibly rewarding. All young adults should have access to this opportunity regardless of income and that’s exaclty what Sprouts provides.

What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned from working with Sprouts?

Whether I’m leading birthday parties or helping out with summer camps, the creativity of the kids we work with for cooking classes always surprises me. I’ve seen everything from a checkerboard-style pizza to crepes plated at a Michelin-star stanrdard.

Why is it important for kids to learn how to cook?

Habits and healthy eating are best learned young! Also, coming from an agriculture background one of my biggest excitements is teaching kids where their food comes from because it gives a greater appreciation for our food systems.

What was one of the most rewarding experiences you’ve had as a Sprouts fan?

Dedicating a year of service to Sprouts. I’ve learned so much about development and the nonprofit world and I’ve met some incredible people along the way.