The Craig Fahle Show

Shake Up At Gleaners Food Bank

Friday, November 8, 2013

photo courtesy of myfoxdetroit Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan is reorganizing its leadership roles. Gleaner’s President, DeWayne Wells, will take a new role within the food bank organization as the National Policy and Advocacy Officer. Gleaners will begin a search to hire a new President. Walter Young, the Chair of The Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan will act as President during the search. Gleaners distributes over 100,000 meals to hungry neighbors every day throughout the region. Chairman of Gleaners, Walter Young and President of Gleaners, Dewayne Wells come to the studio to talk to Craig about the future of Gleaners.

From Gleaners Press Release (11-8-13)

"Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan Announces Leadership Change – New Child-Focused Initiative

(November 8, 2013 – Detroit, MI) … Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan (Gleaners) announced today that W. DeWayne Wells will step down as Gleaners’ President and take on the new role of National Policy and Advocacy Officer for the agency. Wells became President of Gleaners in 2008.

In response to the continued high need for emergency food, Gleaners will launch a new initiative – Hunger-free Holidays for Kids – beginning in mid November. Working with schools where the need is greatest, Gleaners will provide additional Weekend Backpacks and Mobile Pantries through the end of the year.

As Gleaners’ National Policy and Advocacy Officer, Wells will help Gleaners (and their partner network) understand and respond to legislation and policies that affects its work and the people served by the organization. He will focus on advocating for policies and programs that provide relief from hunger, allow everyone access to healthy, nutritious food as well as a voice in the debates and decisions that affect their well being.

Wells is well-suited to take on his new role; he has been involved in addressing hunger and shaping policy surrounding hunger issues in Michigan for many years. Wells is a [founding] member of Detroit Food Policy Council, Michigan No Kid Hungry steering committee, Michigan Good Food steering committee and current Co-chair of Michigan Nonprofit Association SE Michigan Policy Council. At the national level he is a member of Good Food for All, a national policy workgroup; participated in multiple visits to Capitol Hill as part of FRAC (Food Research and ActionCenter)/Feeding America Anti-Hunger Conference; a participant of Congressional roundtables and listening sessions for the Farm Bill work in 2012 and testified at DHS Appropriations Hearing regarding the MASS (Michigan Agricultural Surplus System) program.

Walt Young, current Gleaners Board Chairman, has engaged a Transition Committee to find Wells’ replacement. Young will act as interim President until a new president is named."