Volunteer Spotlight: Leslie Jackson

Published by Feeding Matters on Jul 09, 2019

Feeding Matters Volunteer Spotlight is a monthly Q & A series that shares the stories of our growing network of change agents, the driving force behind our vision to create a world where children with pediatric feeding disorder will thrive. This month we bring you Leslie Jackson.

Leslie is one of our Power of Two family coaches in Texas. Leslie’s journey with her son Jacob first brought her to Feeding Matters as a parent needing support. Now, she helps families navigate their journey with PFD by offering her insight, empathy, and compassion.

Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I am a graduate student studying to receive a master’s degree in social work. I am interning at a children’s charity and am lucky to work to support families of children with special needs. I live in Austin, Texas with my husband, ten-year-old son, and three cats. When my husband and I met- I had two cats and he had one- so we became a three-cat family!

How long have you been a volunteer with Feeding Matters?
I have been a volunteer with Feeding Matters since the spring of 2017.

In which volunteer activities have you participated?
I am a Power of Two coach for families who are experiencing feeding challenges with their child.

What motivated you to become involved?
My son was born as a micro preemie, weighing 1 pound, 13 ounces. He spent four months in the NICU. He was medically fragile and failure to thrive for his first three years. He has severe reflux and oral aversions. I remember feeling very isolated with my son’s feeding challenges and not knowing where to turn for support. I volunteer to help ensure other families experiencing feeding difficulties have support.

What has been your favorite part of volunteering with Feeding Matters?
I have been inspired by the strength and resilience of the families and children I have been fortunate enough to get to know as a Feeding Matters Family Coach.

What sets Feeding Matters apart from other organizations?
Feeding Matters understands how challenging it can be for parents of children with PFD to find support! The education and support provided by Feeding Matters is truly unique and a gift to so many.