Farmer Foodshare Appoints Gini Bell as Interim Executive Director

Gini Bell Brings Business Operations and Sustainable Farming Expertise to Interim Role

February 11, 2014 – Durham NC – The Board of Directors of Farmer Foodshare is pleased to announce Gini Bell as Interim Executive Director, effective immediately. Gini will serve in this role during the search process for Farmer Foodshare’s Executive Director.

Gini joined Farmer Foodshare as operations manager in January 2013. In her role she oversaw program staff, accounting and finance, and day-to-day management for Farmer Foodshare, helping to strengthen Farmer Foodshare’s operational effectiveness and financial sustainability. In close partnership with Margaret Gifford, Farmer Foodshare’s founding executive director, Gini supported the organization’s capacity to connect fresh healthy food from more than 309 farms and 18 farmers markets with 22 agencies serving more than 20,000 food insecure individuals. The agency’s programs provided new revenue to family farms of over $80,000 in 2013.

 “Gini is uniquely poised and skilled to serve Farmer Foodshare through our transition. Gini brings a strong background in local food retail, business management and sustainable farming to Farmer Foodshare,” said Maggie West, chair of Farmer Foodshare Board of Directors. “Through her experience directing Farmer Foodshare’s operations and programs, Gini has an intricate knowledge of Farmer Foodshare’s initiatives, as well as strong relationships with community partners, farmers, and stakeholders across North Carolina. I am truly delighted to partner with Gini and we are grateful for her leadership and commitment to Farmer Foodshare.”

“I’m excited to work with Farmer Foodshare’s board, our extraordinary staff and volunteers and farmer network to continue to create systems and programs to connect people who grow food with people who need food across the state of North Carolina, “said Gini Bell. “North Carolina’s family farms produce millions of pounds of delicious and healthy food every year and we are looking forward to continuing work with local farms and community volunteers to bring increased health and wealth to all of North Carolina’s most health vulnerable residents.”

About Farmer Foodshare:

Farmer Foodshare connects people who grow food with people who need food in ways that are economically sustainable and socially just. Farmer Foodshare will celebrate its 5th anniversary in May.  Farmer Foodshare now operates Donations Stations in 18 markets around the state of North Carolina. To donate or volunteer, contact info@farmerfoodshare.org

 

Media Contacts:

Maggie West, Chair, Farmer Foodshare Board of Directors, maggiemwest@gmail.com

Darin Knapp, Farmer Foodshare Board of Directors, Darin@RambleRillFarm.com

Gini Bell, Farmer Foodshare, Interim Director, gini@farmerfoodshare.org