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Mallory gets top post for food bank

Rob Grycel, right, of the Manteca Firefighters Association Local 1875, donated $1,000 to allow the Second Harvest to purchase $15,000 worth of food for Manteca area food closets. Accepting the dona...

DENNIS WYATT/The Bulletin


POSTED December 28, 2008 1:03 a.m.

The wholesaler that supplies more than 200 food closets serving struggling families in San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Calaveras counties has a new permanent chief executive officer.

Mike Mallory is the new CEO  for the Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin & Stanislaus Counties located on Industrial Park Drive in Manteca.

Mallory had been serving as interim CEO since May when Paul Rengh left to take over the top position at Manteca Community Action Programs. Mallory is a former executive at Heald College. Before being appointed interim CEO, he had served on the food bank board for 12 years.

Mallory takes over the reign at a particularly tough time. The food bank is being hit with the double whammy of increased need — up over 20 percent —  while food donations and monetary donations have dropped by about 35 percent.

The 200 plus food closets served by Second Harvest include 20 in Ripon, Lathrop, and Manteca.
Second Harvest — a national network of food banks — is able to secure overproduction from a number of food suppliers often at 15 cents on the dollar.

Mallory noted groups such as the Manteca Firefighters Association Local 1875 that donated $1,000 are allowing the Second Harvest to purchase $15,000 worth of food for Manteca area food closets. Donations can be targeted to specific commuities. For example, all donations from Manteca stay in Manteca.

Art Patch is the new chairman. Patch replaces Randy Clark who had been on the Board for 12 years.  Patch, a food industry consultant, was most recently an executive with  Save Mart Supermarkets.

Steve Lay, an executive with Piranha Produce, of Turlock was elected treasurer.

New board members include Scott Blevins, President of Mountain Valley Express; Chuck Crutchfield, Give Every Child a Chance; and Chris Haas, Fire Chief, City of Manteca.

Continuing board members include Randy Clark; Ann Jordon, secretary; Melissa Mullins; and Bob Wiedman.

“Mike Mallory is the right person to drive the success of our Food Bank,” Patch said.  “Too many people in San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties are in desperate need of the food we provide.”

Donations can be dropped off at the Second Harvest Food Bank, 704 E. Industrial Park Drive in Manteca. For more information contact the food bank at 239-2091.

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