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February 2021: CEO Message - Leonard O. Hansen Ph.D

The EFB created a new food distribution path in the last few weeks, placing a Pop-Up Pantry in a charted Homeless Encampment each Wednesday. We are working in partnership with United Way and the CARES Act to reach out with non-perishable, easy-to-use food for homeless clients in Stockton. View the video by clicking this link to see one of the Pop-Up Pantries, serving about 175 clients. In 2021, the EFB is the operational and educational partner for Abbott Fund and the Public Health Institute. This 6-month project will provide food boxes, food menus and nutrition education through online ZOOM instruction to 400 residents with diabetes in two Stockton neighborhoods. The project includes referrals from Community Medical Centers, El Concilio and Dr. Kwabena Adubofour’s clinic. Alex Marapao and Emily Simpson, our Nutrition Educators are deeply involved and excited to be a central part in the creation and execution of this project. There is resolve on Abbott Fund’s part to move the Project into 2022, expanding the reach to 1,000 residents. The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to challenge the EFB with a greater demand for food distribution. As we are creating ...

Emergency Food Bank Announces the Appointment of Dr. Leonard O. Hansen, Ph.D. as its new CEO

The Board of Directors of the Emergency Food Bank of Stockton / San Joaquin County is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Leonard O. Hansen, Ph.D. as the new CEO said Steve Morales, Chair, Board of Directors. Dr. Hansen began his work last month and quickly stepped into the new demands of the COVID-19 emergency. Dr. Hansen comes to the Emergency Food Bank from Howard Training Center in Modesto where he served as Director of Operations for over 5 years, supervising training of adults with disabilities in multiple settings. He managed the Senior Meals-On-Wheels Program for Stanislaus County which, also, serves meals each day to the San Joaquin PHF, CSU, and Recovery House as well as other clinics and schools within Stanislaus and San Joaquin County. Dr. Hansen supervised Production Training Programs as well as three Adult Integration Programs. Dr.Hansen worked for over 25 years in the supermarket industry holding executive positions for Food4Less of Modesto, Fry’s Food & Drug Stores and Save Mart Supermarkets. He was a franchisee for Cold Stone Creameries throughout the Central Valley for many years. Prior to the ...