Central California Food Bank CEO, Andy Souza, Announces Departure
May 8th, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA – Andy Souza, CEO of Central California Food Bank (CCFB) since 2010, has announced his departure from the organization at the end of May. Under Souza’s leadership, the food bank has more than tripled both the number of people served and the amount of food provided to its five-county service area. Throughout his tenure, Souza brought a keen awareness of hunger to the community and established CCFB as the leading hunger relief organization in the area.
Souza utilized expertise from his previous role as Fresno City Manager to improve the food bank’s internal operations and administration, emphasizing efficiency and effectiveness, while pursuing additional funding through a variety of sources.
In 2018, under Souza’s leadership, CCFB moved to its current location on Amendola Dr. The acquisition, fundraising, and financing of the new 100,000 square foot facility set the physical groundwork for the food bank and launched it to a new level of capacity for innovative food relief programs. Souza also represented CCFB on a national level by serving as the Chair of Feeding America’s National Policy Committee. In 2017, Souza received the Feeding America National Service Award.
Board Chair, Julie Olson-Buchanan shared “Andy Souza leaves an incredible legacy at the food bank. We simply would not be where we are today if not for Andy’s vision and leadership.”
“I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to see Central California Food Bank grow over the past 10 years and reach more of our neighbors who are experiencing hunger,” said Souza. “It’s been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I’m looking forward to the next challenge, and watching the food bank continue to carry its mission forward.”
Souza will begin a new chapter at Immanuel Schools in Reedley as Chief Administrative Officer. As an integral part of his family’s life since the late 1990s when his oldest children attended, this position allows him to be closer to family and to continue to do work that he is passionate about.
Souza’s last day will be May 22. The Board of Directors will be announcing a leadership succession plan shortly. The board expects a smooth transition as Kym Dildine, Chief Administrative Officer, and Natalie Caples, Chief Operations Officer, have been with CCFB for many years, serving in their respective roles since 2016. Dildine and Caples will continue to oversee the day-to-day operations and manage the transition, ensuring stability and continued commitment to the success of the food bank.
The staff and Board of Directors would like to thank Souza for his years of leadership and transformation that have resulted in a successful, self-sufficient, and healthy organization. Olson-Buchanan commented, “Andy has recruited and developed an excellent staff and leadership team who are extremely capable
and poised to further grow the organization to eliminate hunger in the valley.”