WHO WE ARE

Just Food is the food bank of Douglas County, supplying 29+ partner agencies with fresh produce, dairy products, meat, bread and pantry staples. Tuesday through Friday, Just Food operates a food pantry out of our main building serving 150-300 families daily. We are a team dedicated to our guiding principles and listening to our clients and community to serve the larger needs of our neighbors facing hunger.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

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Provide access to nutritious food,
while respecting the dignity of every human being.

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Address root causes of hunger and cultivate self-sufficiency.

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Collaborate with community partners to affect positive and sustainable change.

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Ensure a culture of stewardship grounded in transparency and sustainability, and informed by
the needs of our community.

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Support people through the lens of equity and diversity.

OUR TEAM

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ELIZABETH KEEVER

executive director

fundraising, events, oversees execution of strategic planning

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RYAN BOWERSOX

director of marketing & outreach

organizes food recovery and food drives, assists in event planning, community relations, social media

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AUNDREA WALKER

program director

organizes cooking classes and gardens, oversees cruising cupboard and all programming

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BRETT SALSBURY

director of finance & development

assists in development of Just Food, grant writing, oversees accounts payable and receivable, data management

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PAUL PEACH

director of operations

food ordering, facilities management, warehouse operations

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STEVEN ELLIOTT

volunteer manager

volunteer recruitment, management, and orientations

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JESSICA COONEY

client services manager

oversees federal food programs such as CSFP and SNAP, organizes school pantries, and oversees client database

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TORY ROBERSON

food recovery manager

food recovery, vehicle maintenance, assists in warehouse operations

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MICHAELA CANTRELL, CHES

community health specialist

cruising cupboard, recruitment of Just Food programming, healthy eating initiatives

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WAYNE BRIGGS

food recovery assistant

assists in food recovery and warehouse operations

 
 

OUR HISTORY

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2009

In the fall of 2009 Just Food opened its doors and served clients in the basement of the United Way building in partnership with ECKAN.

 
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OUR BOARD

The board of directors is the governing body of a nonprofit. Individuals who sit on the board are responsible for overseeing the organization’s activities. Board members meet monthly to discuss and vote on the affairs of the organization. Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission. Board members are encouraged to participate in sub committees that play to the strength and talents of each board member. Board terms are 3 year terms with an opportunity to renew after three years

Annually applications are accepted due by August 1st for board membership beginning in January of the following year. Board appointment positions are voted on in October. Members begin as non voting members in November and full members in January.

 

current board of directors

ELINA ALTERMAN

Vice President, Executive Committee

Elina is the Senior Manager of Social work at Lawrence Humane Society.

SALLY HARE-SCHRINER

Secretary, Executive Committee

Sally is a retired Assistant Coordinator of Field Experiences at the University of Kansas, Department of Special Education Unified Early Childhood Program.

KEVIN WICKLIFFE

Board Member

Kevin is an Attorney at Attucks Asset Managment, LLC.

CARSON LEVINE

Board Member

Carson is a Real Estate Agent at Keller Williams Realty

SCOTT CRIQUI

Board Member

Scott is a HR Business Partner at The University of Kansa Health Systems

JOHN SEBELIUS

Board Member

John is the owner and artist of John Sebelius Art and Design and Adjunct Professor at Washburn University.

ALLISON LONG

Board Member

Allison is the Director of Human Resources at KU Endowment

VANECIA HAZEL

Board Member

Vanecia is the Director of Family Services at Family Promise of Lawrence

JAMES WALDEN

President, Executive Committee

James is the Chief Investment Officer at Clayton Wealth Partners

JEVAN BREMBY

Past President, Executive Committee

Jevan is a Research Project Coordinator at the University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships and Research.

KAREY A. CHESTER

Treasurer, Executive Committee

Karey is the Chief Compliance Officer and the Chief Operations Officer at McDaniel Knutson Financial Partners.

AMANDA DAVIS

Board Member

Amanda is the Communications Project Manager at ITCO Communications, Inc.

JACKI BECKER

Board Member

Jacki is the owner of Eleven Productions

MATT WILLIAMS

Board Member

Matt is the co-founder of Lawrence Beer Company

CARL FOLSOM

Board Member

Carl is the Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Office of the Federal Public Defender, District of Kansas

VERDELL TAYLOR, JR.

Board Member

Verdell is a retired Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Manager from Lawrence Memorial Hospital as well as retired pastor at St Lukes AME.