Get to know: Nikki Mertens

Get to know the FoodMesh team

Meet Nikki, FoodMesh’s Operations Support Coordinator. Nikki works closely with the FoodMesh network using the Marketplace and charities placing orders through the Wholesale Food Purchasing program. Find out what drives her, her top tip for reducing food waste and the most important lesson she’s learned in her career to date.

When you started working at FoodMesh

April 2021

What you do at FoodMesh

Support customers of the Marketplace and Wholesale Food Purchasing Program

The top three values that drive you

  1. Growth – I never want to stop learning new things and improving myself
  2. Impact – I hope to live a life that leaves positive impacts on those around me and on the earth we live on
  3. Gratitude – I try to view life through a lens of appreciation for what’s around me and embrace that everything in life happens for a reason

Your top tip for reducing food waste

Freeze it! If I can’t say for certain that I’ll be eating it within the week, I’ll stick it in the freezer.

Your favourite thing about the job

In a world full of constant negativity, it’s knowing that my work is contributing to something positive in our communities. The charity partners we work with are truly an inspiration and hearing about the impact they’re making just makes my day. Most importantly though, it is the team I work with that makes working at FoodMesh so enjoyable.

Your favourite way to use up food in your fridge

Getting creative. Sometimes you have miscellaneous items left in your fridge that require a bit of creativity and become an opportunity to explore new recipes!

How you like to recharge

Hiking, running, reading, yoga, baking, and on occasion, laying on the couch and watching Netflix

The most important lesson you’ve learned in your career to date

Your own health and well-being come first. Don’t get too caught up that you forget to take care of yourself.

A fun fact about you

I’m currently learning Japanese, Spanish, and French

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