The River Food Pantry Announces New Executive Director

May 1, 2017

Amy Lord, Development Director, 608-220-4999
Charles McLimans, Executive Director, 414-731-1009

The River Food Pantry Announces New Executive Director

Madison, WI – The River Food Pantry Founders Andy and Jenny Czerkas, along with the Board of Directors would like to announce the hiring of Charles McLimans as the new Executive Director. “As the need for The River services continues to grow and evolve, Charles will play a key role in providing the leadership and strategic direction to guide The River into the future,” states Board Chair Jennifer Zisser.

The mission and vision of providing mercy and hope to those struggling to put food on the table remains the same. “There is a very special spirit and culture at The River that I noticed right away,” Charles says. “I would describe it as joyful, loving, and abundant. When we give to others it brings joy to everyone involved. Our lives are transformed through service to others, and our community is transformed through our generosity.”

Andy and Jenny are excited about Charles joining The River as Executive Director and look forward to continuing their work with The River under his leadership.

Charles is an experienced non-profit leader whose mission throughout much of his career has been to help those who have less. Most recently as the CEO role with Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin in Milwaukee where he worked at a strategic level to support food pantries around the region. Prior to that he served as the Executive Director at Loaves & Fishes Community Services, a hunger relief and anti-poverty organization in Naperville, IL, from 2008 – 2015. During his eight years with Loaves & Fishes, the staff grew from 4 to 20, and the volunteer base from 200 to 1,500. Through the Great Recession, Charles led a $6M comprehensive campaign which successfully funded a new 17,000-foot space that positioned the organization to better accomplish the mission with new innovative, collaborative services.

“I feel truly humbled and blessed to have been chosen to lead The River.” Charles states. “For me this is much more than a job, it is a vital ministry that builds and strengthens community by providing hope, dignity, and abundance to those who are marginalized by society. I feel called and sent to this mission.”

There is a meet and greet scheduled at The River Food Pantry, 2201 Darwin Road, Wednesday, May 31 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Community members are invited to stop by, be introduced and say hello to the newest member of The River Team.

About The River Food Pantry

Serving Dane County since 2006, The River Food Pantry’s mission is to bring a message of mercy and hope to those in need by providing nutritional basics and encouragement. The River aims to be a community that is focused on service to others and welcomes all to join in the effort. The River is Dane County’s busiest food pantry serving 650 families, 550 community meals, and distributing more than 48,000 pounds of food each week and distributing 300 packed mobile lunches to children and teens on non-school days.