God’s Pantry Food Bank Announces Departure of Longtime CEO Marian Guinn

Lexington, KY -- God’s Pantry Food Bank today announced that longtime CEO Marian Guinn will be leaving the organization Aug. 24.

“For 19 years, Marian has approached every day and every task at God’s Pantry Food Bank with a servant’s heart and a coach’s zeal,” said Harvie Wilkinson, president of the GPFB Board of Directors. “Her passion for the cause of eliminating food insecurity and providing nutritious options for low-income Kentuckians is infused in the staff, board and volunteers throughout the 50 counties the Food Bank serves in Central and Eastern Kentucky.

Marian Guinn

“Marian has earned the respect of her peers in the community, the state and across the country. She will be missed, but she is leaving the organization in a strong position, both fiscally and programmatically. She also has developed a strong leadership team that will carry forward her work ethic and passion for the mission. We are excited for Marian as she begins a new chapter in her career.”

When Guinn joined God’s Pantry Food Bank as executive director in 1997, the organization was distributing 5 million pounds of food to partner agencies in 48 counties of the state.  In fiscal year 2016, the Food Bank distributed 29.9 million pounds of food and groceries in its 50-county service area.

“I am grateful for the incredible array of experiences I have gathered over the past 19 years as the leader of the Food Bank, setting ambitious goals that have propelled the organization forward,” Guinn said. “I have enjoyed working with an incredible staff, board, volunteers, partner agencies and donors.  I have decided to create my own company, MG Coaching & Consulting, offering a variety of services to develop and strengthen nonprofits, small businesses and their leaders.  I am excited to share what I have learned over three decades as a nonprofit leader, to strengthen the nonprofit sector, helping businesses and leaders achieve more.”

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors is in the process of hiring a search firm to conduct a national search for the next CEO, and will soon name the interim CEO.

About GPFB

The mission of God’s Pantry Food Bank is to reduce hunger in Kentucky through community cooperation making the best possible use of all available resources. Along with our network of nearly 400 member agencies the Food Bank serves 50 counties of Central and Eastern Kentucky distributing $100 worth of food for every $10 donated. Last year, God’s Pantry Food Bank and its member agencies distributed nearly 30 million pounds of groceries to more than 190,000 individuals, including more than 10 million pounds of fresh produce. God’s Pantry Food Bank is a member of Feeding America. Through community partnerships and distribution of food to 50,000 agencies, Feeding America collectively works to assure that people in need have access to a balanced diet. For more information visit us at http://www.godspantryfoodbank.org or www.feedingamerica.org


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