Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank is seeking new board members

DULUTH – Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank has adopted a more public facing approach to its board recruitment strategy in an effort to broaden its diversity and increase its 10-member board of directors.

As part of this new strategy, the food bank is using public channels, like social media, and its current board to conduct outreach for their volunteer roles. Board chair Dawn Erickson states, “We’re hoping this new strategy yields a deep pool of board candidates from which to consider.”

As an organization serving eight counties in northeastern Minnesota (St. Louis, Carlton, Lake and Cook counties) and northwestern Wisconsin (Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland and Iron counties), Second Harvest hopes to recruit up to four new board members who will more fully represent its service region and broaden its geographic, age and ethnic diversity.

In particular, candidates are being sought from the following areas: • Geography: Individuals from north St. Louis, Lake, Cook, Ashland and Iron counties • Ethnicity: Individuals of color • Age: Individuals age 40 and younger

Second Harvest Northern

Lakes Food Bank, like many non-profit organizations, is governed by a volunteer board of directors who focus on visionary and high-level strategy work, leaving operations to organization staff. As a hunger-relief organization, they also look for board candidates who have a passion for their mission.

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank’s board meets six times per year in person, primarily in the Duluth area, and one time per year via teleconference. A call-in opportunity for board members not near its distribution center in Duluth is offered.

Any and all individuals interested in being considered should complete Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank’s brief questionnaire which can be found on their website: www.northernlakesfoodbank.org/careers. Deadline for submission is Dec. 15, 2018.

Questionnaires will be reviewed by the board with candidate interviews occurring in late December and early January. New board members will be nominated for election in Jan. 2019. Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank board members may serve up to three 3-year terms.

For more information, contact Shaye Moris, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank executive director, at 218-336-2300 or shaye@northernlakesfoodbank.org.

About Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank is the region’s only food bank and rescuer of nationally and regionally donated food for 180 non-profit programs and approximately 44,000 people in need throughout northeastern Minnesota (St. Louis, Carlton, Lake and Cook counties) and northwestern Wisconsin (Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland and Iron counties). In addition to providing food to other non-profit programs, Second Harvest provides service to over 3,700 people per month as part of its Food Shelf, Mobile Food Pantry, Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS) and Back- Pack Programs. Over the last year, Second Harvest has rescued and distributed 5.8 million pounds of food or enough food for 4.7 million meals for those in need throughout the Northland. For more information visit www.northernlakesfoodbank.org.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *