Community Food Bank Leader Tapped for National Role
Birmingham, AL 11/07/2019- The Executive Director of the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, Kathryn Strickland, has accepted the position of Chief Network Officer at Feeding America in Chicago.
Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks that feeds more than 46 million people through community-based partners and direct meal programs. It is the third largest charity in the U.S.
In this new role, Kathryn will be charged with fostering innovation, providing resources, creating learning opportunities, and building capacity across this nationwide network of food banks through grant making and network fundraising services. She and her team will focus on best practices and will work in partnership with member food banks to determine what innovations can be scaled.
Throughout her career, Kathryn has demonstrated a commitment to supporting vulnerable communities and advocating on behalf of people in need. This commitment translates to a deep connection to the mission of ending hunger. During her tenure at the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, the agency launched a series of new initiatives including: a mobile grocery store, a free summer meal program providing lunch and snack to 1,700 children, a senior grocery program serving 1,000 residents per month, and new partnerships to ensure patients facing chronic illnesses have access to healthy foods. The work she has done at the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama is a testament to her ability to translate vision and strategy into operational reality and drive positive change in collaboration with community partners.
Strickland will begin her new role in December.
About the Community Food Bank
The Community Food Bank of Central Alabama feeds people in need today and fosters collaborative solutions to end hunger tomorrow. We accomplish this mission by supplying millions of meals per year to over 230 food pantries, shelters, and children’s programs across 12 counties of Central Alabama. We also directly serve specific populations vulnerable to hunger including children, seniors, patients of chronic illnesses, and people living in isolated communities. For example, we deliver groceries to seniors’ doorsteps, provide meals to children at risk of hunger during school breaks, and offer healthy foods to patients facing chronic illness. For easy access, we deliver to key locations like schools, senior housing facilities, medical clinics and more.
In addition to these hunger relief activities, the Community Food Bank prevents millions of pounds of wholesome food from going to waste in local landfills every year and tests new social enterprises that go beyond charity to create healthy food access for all.
The Community Food Bank feeds over 80,000 people at risk of hunger in Central Alabama each month.