By Kate Grabowski, Communications Intern
Coming from working at her grandmother’s military surplus store, Mercedes could not have imagined the opportunities the Food Bank of Delaware’s L.O.G.I.C. (Logistics, Operations, General Warehousing, and Inventory Control) program could offer her.
At twenty-six, with two young kids, Mercedes wanted to try something different, something she had never done before—the L.O.G.I.C. program was the place for her to do this, while also giving her the opportunity to pursue a career in the warehousing/logistics industry.
Before starting Delaware Food Works’ logistics and warehousing eleven-week training program, Mercedes did not know what to expect. Working primarily in customer service prior to starting the program, she was energized by the prospect of expanding her horizons.
L.O.G.I.C. is an 11-week training program, certified as a trade school by the Delaware Department of Education, that prepares students for careers in the warehousing/logistics industry. Students train in the warehouse of the Food Bank of Delaware in Newark. Mercedes and her classmates are learning to use major equipment like end riders, lift trucks, order pickers and pallet jacks.
Since starting the program at the beginning of May, Mercedes has been able to expand her skill set in more ways than she expected. Through visiting different distribution centers, meeting potential employers, and developing skills that will set her apart in an interview, she has been exposed to a lot more opportunities than she could ever imagine. Mercedes explained that “opportunities like these have really allowed me to see what I would be doing and given me a chance to interact with people in the field and see their different perspectives.”
Although she loves the program and is excited about everything she has learned, her favorite part is the people, seeing everyone as “one big family.”
Above all, Mercedes wants to help people, and learning in an environment like the Food Bank has given her a chance to find her true passions in life.
She looks forward to graduating with her classmates later in July!
To learn more about L.O.G.I.C. click here