And Then There Was Hakan

We have so many new faces at Good Cheer this season! The latest is Hakan, who joins us as a summer intern from the University of Washington. I’ll let him introduce himself in his own words:

“My name is Hakan Cakir and I am excited to be assisting Good Cheer Food Bank as part of my University of Washington senior capstone project. The capstone is a graduation requirement for all students in their last year of school. My project deals with nutrition education and outreach regarding healthy, sustainable food choices. For the next ten weeks, I will be creating educational posters regarding nutrition, performing demos for food preservation techniques, and sharing nutritious recipes with the Good Cheer community, all while improving my graphic design skills. My ultimate goal for my capstone project is to find the best ways to help teach people about food waste reduction.

As part of my education at UW, I have taken classes regarding sustainable lifestyle practices, problem solving, presentations, and working within groups. These classes have prepared me to talk to others about the benefits of eating more sustainably. In order to research how people change their lifestyles with regards to food, I will be conducting interviews about food waste reduction with Good Cheer clients. This will provide research material for my capstone project on what it takes for a person to change how they buy and use food efficiently.

Speaking a little bit about myself, I grew up in Huntington Beach, California and moved to Washington 5 years ago. I enjoy hiking on Washington state’s beautiful trails and feel more at home in the wet Pacific Northwest. Music has always been a big part of my life, as I started taking piano lessons at age 6. Jumping off from there, I now play various instruments and listen to a variety of musical genres ranging from jazz to metal. When I’m not at school or work, I like to spend time with my younger sister and play video games together. I’m not really a picky eater, but I will always be down to eat authentic chicken yakisoba or a classic bacon cheeseburger. I hope to make the best of my time as an intern at Good Cheer and look forward to a successful capstone project!”


We’re all really excited to welcome Hakan to the team, and can’t wait to see what sort of tasty recipes he comes up with!


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