I’m Jennifer Denson. I have lived in Eugene most of my life. I got involved after seeing Facebook request for more volunteers when Burrito Brigade was in a home in the Whit (June 2014). I have always wanted to help others and this is a great way to give back. Bonus is, I get to share this wonderful project with my brothers Charles and Steve.
Program Coordinator, Waste to Taste
Outreach Coordinator & Administrative Specialist, Burrito Brigade
Kitchen Coordinator, Weekend Burrito Brigade
Board of Directors
I live in Eugene with my husband, Chris. We first heard about the Burrito Brigade when a group of folks were making burritos out of a house in the Whit and they were looking for donations. We have supported the Burrito Brigade almost from the beginning. We believe in the mission of the organization and the impact it can have, and has had, on the community. Burrito Brigade brings people together for a better Eugene/Springfield. People helping people.
I’m a retired 4J teacher, and I’ve lived in Eugene since the late 1970’s after moving here from from Springfield, Massachusetts where I grew up. My daughter Sarah is a teacher in Seattle. I’ve been volunteering in the Waste to Taste store during customer hours since fall 2021, and I love my time there including all of the connections I’ve made with other Burrito Brigade folks and customers. I’m passionate about Burrito Brigade’s mission and excited to have recently joined the board. I also volunteer as a CASA with CASA of Lane County, and I love to read, play card and board games, swim, spend time in nature, hang out with friends (and their grandbabies), and watch women’s basketball. Go Ducks!
Whenever I move to a new city I always look for ways to give back. As a university staff member in a position that has a high attrition rate it’s important to me to know about concerns happening beyond the campus. Just because I might be a resident of a community for one year doesn’t mean I shouldn’t care about what’s happening around me. That’s something I hope to role model to the students that I work with. I hold a Master in Educational Administration with a specialization in Student Affairs. I have seen the growing trend of houseless college students and what food insecurity looks like in my role, and see the support provided from the university, but know this is an ever changing and growing concern in the community. I started volunteering with Burrito Brigade in June 2020 on Saturdays.
I have lived in Eugene since 1995. I love gardening, dancing and coastal adventures. Since retiring in 2016, I look for ways to contribute back to our community. Burrito Brigade does amazing things for Eugene and it’s residents. Food insecurity is a huge issue for many in Eugene. I am honored to join the board of this grassroots organization.
Dr. Petra Shenk is a Pacific Northwesterner, originally from a small town in central Washington State, and has lived in Eugene, Oregon for 21 years. She is a sociocultural linguist by training and an academic editor by trade. Petra also volunteers for Burrito Brigade’s Waste to Taste project. Her childhood home in the 1970s and 80s relied on food stamps, food banks, government cheese, and welfare checks. Thus, as an adult, she advocates for a strong social welfare system that prioritizes basic human needs like nutritious food and safe housing.