Mike Mallory — who has forged a team approach to transform Second Harvest Food Bank into a major player in the battle against hunger throughout the 209 — is being inducted into the Manteca Hall of Fame.
The dinner and induction ceremonies are taking place Saturday, May 21, at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. Tickets are $60 apiece and are available through the Manteca Boys & Girls Club, 545 W. Alameda St., or by calling 239.5437.
Other inductees in the Class of 2016 are Henry C. Long, agriculture; Richard Moon Yee, Health Care; Randall K. Yee, Health Care; Arnita Marie Yepez, Community Service; Peter P. Dalben, Government; Phil Waterford, special recognition; George (Joe) Handy, Education; and Walker Vick, Athletics.
Mallory is being inducted in the field of Business.
The Manteca-based food bank serves as a distribution center to supply more than 100 non-profit agencies to annually distribute over 15.8 million pounds of supplemental groceries to 365,000 children, adults and seniors dealing with food insecurity in San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties as well as the nearby foothill region.
Mallory first served Second Harvest as a board member starting in 1998. He was invited to become the executive director in 2008 when the manager at that time left to serve another non-profit.
Mallory is credited with reaching out for product and support from farm organizations and corporations on a national and local level such as Foster Farms, SaveMart, General Mills, Conagra, Mountain Valley Express, Raymus Development and Van Groningen & Sons. He has developed strong relationships with Feeding America and other food organizations allowing him to utilize or adapt their programs along with his contacts and vision to take Second Harvest Food Bank from a local to regional focus.
Among the 100 plus food pantries that Second Harvest helps 14 are in Manteca and one in Lathrop. The food bank’s help allows the organizations to supplement their donations and reduce cost — or no cost if there is excess that must be consumed soon — which enables them to distribute more fresh fruit and vegetables as well as other food products.
Under Mallory’s stewardship, Second Harvest has expanded as well as modernized equipment that in turn reduces costs by increasing efficiencies and new opportunities.
The food bank also has sharpened customer service with the various food pantries allowing them to place on-line orders two days in advance of delivery with items they need being delivered on pallets via a Second Harvest truck. Mallory is now leading an effort for major facility improvements and upgrading the inventory system to further reduce costs and move food quicker to those in need.
“Through Mike’s passion and generosity in giving his ‘time, talent, and treasurers’, he has built a team of employees and board members who are engaged and who want to make a difference,” noted Second Harvest board member Chuck Crutchfield. “He has also formed a network of business people at the local, state, and national level with resources to help accomplish the mission.”
Mallory served in the United States Army from 1970 to 1972. He graduated from Cal Poly-Pomona in 1977. His wife Suzanne is the City of Manteca finance director. They have four children and two grandchildren.
His interests include running, golf, hiking, and camping.