“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.”
~Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon
And so it is that I share with you, with bittersweet emotions, I will be moving on from Loaves & Fishes. I’ll be continuing the fight against hunger as the President of Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, based in Milwaukee. The organization is a regional food bank and the largest hunger-relief organization in Wisconsin, serving 36 counties and more than 800 partner agencies.
These past seven years as the leader of Loaves & Fishes have been some of the best of my life, filled with abundant blessings. The people of this community who have given so generously to advance our mission are absolutely the finest folks I have ever had the privilege of knowing and working alongside to serve our neighbors in need. Together, we have made some tremendous progress in building Loaves & Fishes into a best-in-class nonprofit organization.
My passion for fighting hunger will continue now in my home state of Wisconsin. The opportunity to work there along with the chance to serve a broader constituency are exciting and motivating for me.
Loaves & Fishes and the people of Naperville will always occupy a large and fond space in my heart. I love Loaves & Fishes and leave it knowing it is in excellent condition, performing at a very high level with an outstanding and talented leadership team. The board of directors, staff, and volunteers will continue to lead the organization to excellence.
I’m thrilled to inform you that Megan Selck, our Vice President and Chief Development Officer, will assume the role of Interim President/CEO upon my departure on January 9th. Loaves & Fishes has had a succession plan in place for some time now, and I can assure you that Megan is an outstanding leader and very well prepared to step into the driver’s seat. She has been my right hand for the past two years, and I have every confidence in her ability to keep the organization moving forward, full speed ahead.
Gratitude and love are what I want to express to each one of you for all of your kindness to me. Thank you for your friendship, confidence in me as your leader, and for your tremendous support of Loaves & Fishes. I love you all, and wish you the very best during this season of hope, joy, and new beginnings.
Charles P. McLimans
President & CEO