Food bank reflects upon its major accomplishments over the past 3 years while preparing for a smooth transition
Tallahassee, FL – Rick Minor, Chief Executive Officer of Second Harvest of the Big Bend, will be resigning his post at the food bank in September.
“For three years, I’ve been privileged to have led Second Harvest through an exciting time of growth, change, and impact,” said Minor. “We have increased food distribution by 86%, increased revenue by 54%, purchased our warehouse, and secured the funding necessary to purchase a much-needed backup generator. But most importantly, we have reduced food insecurity in the Big Bend for the first time in many years.”
“We are extremely grateful for Rick’s remarkable service to our organization and the Big Bend region at large,” said Jowanna Nicole Oates, Board President of Second Harvest. “Under his leadership, Second Harvest has grown rapidly, and we are so proud of the amazing things that he and the leadership team have achieved over the past three years.”
Minor’s last day with Second Harvest will be September 6th, and he is assisting the Second Harvest Board in recruiting his replacement and ensuring a smooth transition.
“I’d like the food bank’s supporters to know that Second Harvest is in a very strong position and it will continue to work tirelessly alongside its 135 agency partners to combat hunger and provide food to those in need,” said Minor.
“The Board is working closely with Rick and the staff to help ensure a smooth change in leadership,” said Oates. “We have every confidence that we will soon identify an outstanding leader to continue building on the great foundation that has been laid.”
Since Minor assumed his role as CEO in August 2016, Second Harvest has:
- Increased food distribution by 86%.
- Distributed an all-time record amount of 12.7 million pounds of food (10.6 million meals) in FY2017-2018.
- Increased Second Harvest’s revenues by 54%.
- Earned a ‘Superior’ rating from AIB International, one of the nation’s preeminent food safety inspection organizations.
- Earned three consecutive ‘unmodified’, independent financial audits.
- Coordinated Second Harvest’s efforts in obtaining a $1 million appropriation from the State of Florida. These funds, in conjunction with a newly acquired $1.1 million loan from USDA, have enabled us to purchase Second Harvest’s facility, perform various warehouse upgrades, and obtain a much-needed backup generator.
- Established Second Harvest as one of the three Feeding America emergency distribution hubs in Florida. Over the past three years the food bank has provided emergency food and water in response to the following disasters: Hurricane Hermine, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Michael, Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Matthew (North & South Carolina), Hurricane Harvey (Texas), the Eastpoint fires, and flooding in southern Louisiana.
- Dramatically increased Second Harvest’s public visibility via earned media and social media. The food bank doubled its following on Facebook (from 1,734 likes to 3,472) and increased its Twitter following by nearly 15 times (from 41 followers to 633).
- Succeeded in reducing food insecurity in the Big Bend region for the first time in many years (by 3.7% among adults, and by 6.3% among children).
In the coming days, Second Harvest will post its job opening for a new Chief Executive Officer on its website, at https://www.fightinghunger.org/About-Us/Employment.
About Second Harvest of the Big Bend
Second Harvest of the Big Bend’s mission is to feed the hungry in the Big Bend through a network of partner agencies, and to educate and engage the community in the fight against hunger. Last year, Second Harvest distributed an all-time record 12.7 million pounds of food to those in need. For more information, please visit www.FightingHunger.org.