Feeding Northeast Florida CEO Announces Retirement in October
Board of Directors Starts Job Search to Ensure Continuity of Operations during Transition
Jacksonville, Fla. (July 20, 2015) – After helping found and establish Feeding Northeast Florida (FNEFL) and serving as its first president & CEO, Bruce Ganger has announced his retirement effective Oct. 31, 2015.
“Bruce and his wife, Peg, have long planned to retire and move to their home in North Carolina to spend more time with their children and grandchildren, but those plans were put on hold when he took over the leadership of Feeding Northeast Florida,” said Feeding Northeast Florida Board Chair Chuck Wyckoff. “Fortunately for us, they were gracious and committed enough to delay that plan and Bruce agreed to take over the leadership role during the organization’s crucial and formative early stage of development. The success he and his team have had to date in building an organization has truly been astounding.”
Wyckoff noted that Feeding Northeast Florida “is thriving,” and while there’s more to do to solve hunger in Northeast Florida, Ganger lived up to his commitment to the board. While Ganger continues leading the organization through October, Wyckoff said the board of directors has already started to identify qualified candidates in its search for a new president and chief executive officer.
“The board is grateful to Bruce for his tremendous commitment to the food bank and the people we serve throughout our 17-county service area, and we wish him well in his retirement,” Wyckoff continued. “Additionally, Bruce has accepted a seat on our board and will assume that post on Nov. 1, 2015, providing further continuity of service within the community.”
Under Ganger’s leadership, the food bank distributed almost 20 million pounds of food and raised almost $3 million in funds last year, its first year in operation. Wyckoff said that Ganger helped create an innovative distribution model that efficiently and cost-effectively distributes food to those in need in the community, and drove costs down by 60 percent through operating efficiencies.
To better address the needs of specific populations and constituencies, FNEFL has created collaborations with some of the leading community service groups to provide solutions that are closer to the source of the issue of hunger for those groups. These included addressing children’s summer feeding issues through the Jacksonville Children’s Commission, Episcopal Children’s Services and the public school districts in northeast Florida counties, developing feeding programs to reach senior citizens in partnership with ElderSource, and reaching active and inactive military families in need of food assistance through the 5 Star Veterans Center and the U.S. Navy Southeastern Operations Command.
Across the service area, one-out-of-six citizens and one-out-of-four children are food insecure every day. Over 40 percent of those who receive food from FNEFL are working families where there is income in the home, but it doesn’t stretch from paycheck to paycheck.
“Feeding Northeast Florida’s commitment to providing enough meals for everyone who is hungry continues to be the Board of Directors’ top priority,” Wyckoff said. “We will work expeditiously to identify a leader with both passion and a great skill set to continue the organization’s progress and increase our impact in and for the community. The board has tremendous faith in the staff of Feeding Northeast Florida as we work together during this period of change and transition.”
About Feeding Northeast Florida
Feeding Northeast Florida (FNEFL) distributes food to people who struggle to feed themselves and their families across 17 northeast Florida counties through a network of more than 176 nonprofit, faith-based and charitable organizations. FNEFL is an affiliate of Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that lead the fight against hunger in the United States. The most recent localized survey from the 2014 Hunger in America report shows that 38,000 people are served each week by programs supported by FNEFL. To donate, volunteer or find out more about eliminating hunger in northeast Florida, visit www.feedingnefl.org, our social media on Facebook and Twitter, or contact 904-513-1333.