(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Nov. 13, 2017 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is pleased to announce that Jim Struby will serve as the nonprofit’s chief impact officer, effective Nov. 30, 2017.
In this role, Jim will lead the Community Impact team which is focused on supporting the Regional Food Bank’s network of more than 1,300 partner organizations throughout the 53 counties served in central and western Oklahoma. This team plays a vital role in the Regional Food Bank’s efforts to not only feed hungry Oklahomans, but to help clients and communities connect with the resources they need to achieve more permanent solutions to hunger and economic insecurity. Struby will be responsible for the Regional Food Bank’s efforts to build and support partner agency capacity, all of the Food for Kids Programs, Food for Health partnerships and a range of services for special populations like seniors and veterans.
“It is an honor to join such a mission-focused nonprofit especially at a time when the organization is engaging in innovative partnerships that serve the needs of Oklahomans struggling with economic and food insecurity,” said Struby. “I look forward to advancing the organization’s goal to not only ‘feed the line’ but to ‘shorten the line’ by helping clients better connect to resources that can improve their lives and their health.”
Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation, where one in six residents lives with hunger every day. The majority of those served by the Regional Food Bank are chronically hungry children, seniors living on fixed incomes and working families who cannot make ends meet. Last year, close to 600,000 clients received services through the Regional Food Bank’s partnership network and direct programs.
“We are thrilled to have Jim join our team,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of Regional Food Bank. “Jim brings the type of experience and leadership skills we need to strengthen our partner network and increase our collective impact on food insecurity, economic insecurity and related poor health outcomes. Throughout his career, Jim has never lost his focus on clients and their unique needs and experiences.
“Though we serve a significant number of people through the Regional Food Bank, we never forget that each of those people is a person with dignity and a story,” added Fitzgerald. “We look forward to how Jim’s compassion and expertise will come together to allow us to further transform our strategies for effectively serving Oklahomans.”
Struby worked at Oklahoma Department of Human Services for 40 years, holding positions where he worked directly with clients before moving on to increasing levels of responsibility including administering services and staff at the county and statewide levels. Most recently, Struby served as the division director and chief officer of the Adult and Family Services division where he managed more than 1,600 field and program staff. The division oversees the statewide administration of all federal and state nutrition, health and income support programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Child Care Subsidy, Medicaid and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. Struby has a black belt in Lean Six Sigma from the University of Oklahoma Lean Institute.
For more information about the Regional Food Bank visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-972-1111.
About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 136,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 613 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry. For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.