15 Things Food Service Workers Want You to Know About Kindness.

Food service workers play a valuable role within our communities—but what fuels the people who help fuel us? The ZOA Energy team appreciates everyone who helps keep us full and focused, so we reached out to food service employees in our community to learn more about what #KindnessCan do.

Here’s what they served us:

How do you show kindness to yourself?

“Getting my workouts in at least 3 times a week.” - Javier R. (Edinburg)

“Make sure I get rest when needed and keep my energy positive.” Jenna H. (Highland)

“Taking care of myself, by setting boundaries and helping others. Progress and knowing when it's time to take a break.” Zachary C. (Florence)

“I don't let the little things bother me, life is too precious to sweat the small stuff.” - Rick D. (New York)

“I never stop smiling, that's how I show kindness to myself.” - Mirco G. (Reading)

People who work in the food service industry show kindness to themselves by treating their body and their mind right. They stay positive by taking care of themselves, exercising, and knowing when to take a break. They also enjoy helping others, spreading smiles, and staying focused on the bigger picture to avoid sweating the small stuff.

What's the best way someone can show kindness to you?

“Smile.” - Benjamin E. (Deptford)

“Just being there.” - Chris C. (Santa Rosa)

“Asking if I am okay, that reminds me in the moment that the struggle is temporary.” - Zachary C. (Florence)

“Any random act of kindness when it’s not expected is beautiful.” - Corey K. (Chicago)

“A smile, a wave, a thank you!” - Keonaona L. (Waikoloa)

If you’re looking to show kindness to a food service worker, start by offering them a smile! They enjoy receiving gratitude for their work, and small acts of compassion during their busy days. Outside of the job, they also value the people around them who take the time to listen when they need it—especially those who are willing to strike up a conversation or show them support in other ways.

In what ways do you choose to share kindness with others?

“I give them the best me that I can be.” - KellyEileen G. (Pittsburgh)

“Listening and lending a hand if needed.” - Bubba E. (Las Vegas)

“Just treat people the way you want to be treated.” - Jason M. (Ann Arbor)

“Being there for others even if they have yet to be there for me. The kindness you put out has a way of coming back to you.” - Will F. (Alexandria)

“If I have the means to help make someone else’s life better no matter what or how I do it is all that matters to me.” - Chris W. (Edmonton)

When they interact with the public, food service workers put in a little extra effort to spread kindness when they can. They share their own smiles and try to show grace and courtesy to everyone they encounter to make days a little brighter. In the service of others—they want to be their best for the communities they support, and work to treat people how they would want to be treated.