Canadian Association of Food Banks

Canadian Association of Food Banks

August 28, 2007 12:50 ET

Canadian Association of Food Banks Hires New Executive Director

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 28, 2007) - Following an extensive search within the non-profit and business communities across Canada the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Food Banks (CAFB) has hired a new Executive Director, Katharine Schmidt, who will assume her new responsibilities October 1, 2007.

"I am thrilled to join the CAFB. It is an honour to become more involved in our country's food bank community. Together, there is so much more we can do - to provide essential food and to improve the lives of individuals and families in every community across our country."

Ms. Schmidt (Katharine) joins the CAFB with over 20 years experience working with business, government, non-profit and charitable organizations at local, provincial and national levels. She has worked with numerous stakeholders in the agri-food industry including producers, processors, distributors, retail and food service organizations. Her last two roles include Senior Director of Public Policy for the Food and Consumer Products of Canada a national Association representing more than 150 Canadian operated companies and Executive Director for The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

Katharine also holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree (Family Studies Major) from the University of Guelph.

"We are fortunate to have been able to find someone with Katharine's combination of experience and education", says Ed Borkowski, Chair, Board of Directors of the CAFB. "Besides possessing a solid business background, and extensive knowledge of the agri-food industry, Katharine also brings CAFB first hand experience working in a regional food bank. She has a strong desire to support our national network of regional and community food banks, provincial associations, food distribution centres and partners. I am certain we will be well served by Katharine's leadership."

Founded in 1985, the Canadian Association of Food Banks (CAFB) is an umbrella organization representing a national network of regional and community food banks, including provincial associations and food distribution centres. CAFB is the voice of food banks in Canada, with members and their respective agencies serving approximately 90 % of people accessing emergency food programs nation-wide. In the month of March 2006, over 753,000 different people accessed food banks, 41 % are children. In 2006, the CAFB moved over 8.5 million pounds of food industry donations to its members through the National Food Sharing System, with a dollar value equivalent of $17 million. In addition to food received from the CAFB, community-run food banks rely primarily on volunteers to collect and distribute an estimated 150 million pounds of food per year. CAFB conducts research, engages in public education and advocates for public policy change to eliminate the causes of hunger and food insecurity in Canada. While CAFB provides food daily for people in need, its ultimate goal is a hunger-free Canada.

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