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WHO WE ARE

Just Food is the food bank of Douglas County, supplying over 30 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 300-600 families daily. We are a team dedicated to our guiding principles and listening to our shoppers 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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AUNDREA WALKER 

executive director

organizational leadership, community and donor engagement, oversees purchasing, community partnerships, cooking classes and gardens, cruising cupboard and all programming

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PAUL PEACH

director of operations

food ordering, facilities management, warehouse operations

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ALI CURBOW

director of development

donor and sponsor development, events, grants, fundraising

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CHETAN MICHIE

sourcing and production manager

food recovery meal production, assists in warehouse facilities and recovery

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AMY HOPE

office manager

accounts receivable and payable, office management, general inquiries

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TORY ROBERSON

food recovery manager

food recovery, vehicle maintenance, assists in warehouse operations, organizes food recovery and food drives

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CHARLES SHIVELY

community access manager

cruising cupboard, home deliveries, oversees federal food programs such as CSFP and SNAP, organizes school pantries

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WAYNE BRIGGS

warehouse and waste reduction manager

assists in food recovery and warehouse operations

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JULIE NELSON

volunteer manager

coordinates volunteer scheduling, recruitment and retention

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STEVE DEINES

pantry manager

coordinates general pantry operations, oversees our shopper database and point system

THE TEAM
PRINCIPLES

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 once after three years.

Applications received by August 1st are considered for invitation to join the board 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.

OUR BOARD

Current Board of Directors

Jacki Becker

President
Executive Committee

Owner of Eleven Productions

Allison Long

Treasurer
Executive Committee

Director of Human Resources at KU Endowment

Vanecia Hazel

Board Member

Director of Family Services at Family Promise of Lawrence

Matt Williams

Board Member

Co-founder of Lawrence Beer Company

Elina Alterman

Vice President
Executive Committee

Director of Development & Communications at Lawrence Humane Society

Ashley Corbin

Board member

Talent Development Specialist at Smithfield Foods

John Sebelius

Board Member

Owner at John Sebelius Art & Artist-in-Residence at Cofrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatment at University of Kansas

James Walden

Past President
Executive Committee

Chief Investment Officer at Clayton Wealth Partners

Carl Folsom

Board Member

Douglas County District Court Judge, 7th Judicial District of Kansas

Kathryn Stevenson

Board Member

Lead Assistant Capital Appellate Defender at Kansas State Board of Indigents' Defense Services

Carson Levine

Secretary
Executive Committee

Realtor at Keller Williams

Jena Gunter

Board Member

Associate Director of University of Kansas Institute for Policy & Social Research

Verdell Taylor, Jr.

Board Member

Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Manager at LMH Health & Retired Pastor of St Luke AME

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