Logistics Manager, Eat My Lunch
Bachelor of Business in Management & Entrepreneurship and Innovation
For Macallum Burrows, it was his first year of studying business when he discovered his passion for social enterprise and entrepreneurship.
“My lightbulb moment came in my first year at AUT, when we were learning about social enterprise in one of my first business courses. I had been aware that social enterprise was a type of business, but until that moment I hadn’t realised that it could be so achievable and successful.”
Having discovered his love of social entrepreneurship, Macallum then set out to gain some practical experience at a social enterprise; an experience that ultimately opened the door to the rewarding career he is in now.
“I knew this would be a hard task due to the limited number of these businesses in New Zealand. However, I followed my passion and managed to complete my final-year workplace experience at Eat My Lunch. Employment at a social enterprise quickly became a reality for me, as during my workplace experience Eat My Lunch offered me the role I’m now in.”
Making a difference
What he loves most about working at Eat My Lunch is the difference the organisation makes every day, Macallum says.
“To date, Eat My Lunch has provided over 1.5 million lunches to Kiwi kids in need. We currently give lunches to 76 schools across Auckland and Wellington, to over 1700 kids a day. Being a part of this is so rewarding.
“I also love the variety of my role. Every day is different with awesome challenges and problem-solving. In my role, I’m responsible for managing all delivery staff and outbound activities for Eat My Lunch, in both Auckland and Wellington. This includes ensuring all deliveries are completed within tight timeframes to both the schools and corporate customers. Recently, my role has developed to include more day-to-day operations and management to support the business.”
His proudest achievement so far came during New Zealand’s first COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020.
“As an essential service, Eat My Lunch continued to operate. We had a big challenge as kids needed feeding more than ever, but we couldn’t deliver lunches to schools. We changed almost overnight, from delivering to 76 schools daily to over 250 residential houses instead. We went from delivering pre-made lunches to a weekly lunch kit the kids received once a week. During the first lockdown, we delivered the equivalent of over 50,000 lunches. This proved to be a huge logistical challenge, but it was my proudest time at Eat My Lunch so far.”
Supported to thrive
His interest in business started at a young age, says Macallum who graduated from AUT at the end of 2019. Macallum was recognised on the dean’s list for his academic success and graduated as the top student in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation major.
“I started my first business when I was 15 years old. I wanted a university degree that would give me both theoretical and practical knowledge, and I chose AUT for its small classes and practical focus. As a student with dyslexia, I was attracted by the extra support services AUT offered. I’m so grateful for all the assistance I received throughout my studies. The staff at AUT focus on you as an individual.”
He has had plenty of highlights throughout his time at AUT.
“My highlights from AUT would be the practical approach to learning and the ability to learn in smaller groups. I also really enjoyed all the support networks AUT has in place for students. I was very lucky to be a part of the Oceanian Network and through this I helped tutor first-year students. It was an absolute highlight to have students who previously struggled, come up to thank me and say they had passed the course the second time.”