L.O.G.I.C Student Spotlight: John Strawbridge

March 13, 2024

By Gabby Fernandez, Communications Intern

Since January, John and his classmates have been training in the Food Bank’s Newark warehouse learning the ins and outs of the operations/logistics field. They learn warehouse machinery and have an opportunity to earn four certifications including Certified Logistics Associate and Certified Logistics Technician credentials from the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council, OSHA-10 General Industry Certificate and Forklift Certification.

John Strawbridge is a retiree that was seeking to rejoin the workforce. He came across the L.O.G.I.C. program during his stay at Sojourners Place. Encouraged by the Food Bank, he saw this as an opportunity to get back into the swing of things. “I wanted to get back into the workforce. Having been retired before, I thought this would be a good program to help me,” he shared. 

 When asked about his favorite part of the program, John says he has found joy in the camaraderie with his classmates and the opportunity to learn new skills. John’s career goal is clear: to keep busy, earn a living and enjoy life. Upon graduation, he envisions himself “Employed, having fun and enjoying life again.” With the help of the L.O.G.I.C. program, John is working on improving himself to reach these goals so that John can re-retire again in the coming years. 

Reflecting on his experience, John would recommend the program to others. He says that both the culinary or logistics and warehousing programs are both great starts to help you get back on your feet. 

As for the Food Bank itself, John described it as a community program designed to educate and help people re-enter the workforce. “It’s a really good program,” he concluded, “and I’m grateful for it.” With a renewed sense of hope and determination, John is ready to embark on the next chapter of his journey.


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