Thank you so much for your generosity and dedication in 2015; a year that saw significant progress in connecting low-income individuals and families to the resources they need to thrive. Over 4,600 families received assistance over the past year, and, through the Client Engagement Model, we have experienced great success in finding sustainable solutions for them. You have been a crucial part of this success by helping Loaves & Fishes complete our Power of Community Campaign, raising over $6.8 million since January 2013 in the fight against local food insecurity and poverty.
I’m writing to you because I recently learned that my husband is being transferred for work to St. Louis, so our family will be moving in March, and I will be stepping down as President & CEO. When I joined the Loaves & Fishes team in September 2012, I never imagined the impact a local “food pantry” could have on a person’s life, but I quickly learned that Loaves & Fishes was so much more to our clients. Launching the Power of Community Campaign allowed me to showcase our mission to new audiences – many of whom didn’t realize poverty and food insecurity were issues in DuPage County – and engage with long-time supporters who have seen our services expand throughout the years to benefit more people in need. It made each day exciting, yet humbling, and I will miss all of you – the true champions of Loaves & Fishes’ mission.
Our Board of Directors has already begun the search process for the next leader of the organization, and I am confident they will find an individual that shares your passion for helping our neighbors. All of our services will continue during this transition period thanks to the strong backbone you have helped us create, so Loaves & Fishes can carry on the mission without missing a beat.
Thank you, again, for having such a profound impact on the community through Loaves & Fishes and on me.
Megan K. Selck