After six years of serving as Chief Executive Officer of the Westmoreland County Food Bank, Kris M. Douglas has submitted his resignation to the Board of Directors.
Under Mr. Douglas’ leadership, the Food Bank distributed 9 million pounds of food and raised over 2 million dollars in 2017.
“The Board is grateful to Mr. Douglas for his commitment to the Westmoreland County Food Bank and the people we serve,” stated Chairman of the Board, Marcia Kubas.
Jennifer Miller, WCFB Director of Development, will assume the role of Interim Chief Executive Officer while the Board of Directors commences a search for a new leader.
Mrs. Miller’s 29 years of human service experience includes over 21 years in food banking. She has been with the Westmoreland County Food Bank since June 2005. Prior to joining the WCFB, Mrs. Miller worked at the Fayette County Community Action Agency for 17 years, eventually serving 8 years as the Food Bank Manager.
As the WCFB Director of Development, Mrs. Miller has acted as the second in command, overseeing the writing and coordination of grants and fund requests, and managing the financial donor database. She is the liaison for the media, facilitating all press releases and media alerts. Mrs. Miller also leads the state and federal legislative advocacy efforts on behalf of the hungry in Westmoreland County. She is a member of the Executive Board of Feeding Pennsylvania, a state-wide association of Feeding America Food Banks. Mrs. Miller is a graduate of Leadership Westmoreland. She serves as secretary of the Board of Directors of the Wesley Health Center, a free clinic in Connellsville.
“The number one priority for the Board of Directors of the Westmoreland County Food Bank is accomplishing our mission to enable all Westmoreland County residents who are hungry or at risk of hunger to have ready access to food,” stated Mrs. Kubas. “We will work expeditiously to identify a leader who has both a great skill set and the passion to advance the mission of our Food Bank and realize our vision to end hunger here at home.”
In the meanwhile, the Board of Directors continues to have tremendous faith in the staff of the Food Bank. “We are confident that our operations will remain strong and robust,” concluded Mrs. Kubas.
For more information about the Westmoreland County Food Bank and how you can get involved to help end hunger here in Westmoreland County, please visit the website at westmorelandfoodbank.org.
About Westmoreland County Food Bank
The Westmoreland County Food Bank serves over 31,000 area residents each year including 9,300 children and 3,410 seniors. WCFB currently has 60 member agencies in their network of emergency feeding sites. Of those, 43 are food pantries in which low income consumers are able to access emergency food assistance throughout the month. Last year (2017), the Food Bank distributed over 9 million pounds of food.
50% of WCFB’s food comes from the federal and state governments and the remaining 50% from local donations, food drives, and Feeding America. Administrative and fundraising costs account for 4% of the Food Bank’s operating budget.