It is with sincere gratitude that the Potluck Food Rescue Board of Directors announces the retirement of our long time Executive Director Carol Herzog. Carol has been leading this organization with boundless energy and dedication since September 1995.
In 1995, Herzog assumed the helm of a six-year old start-up organization that rescued approximately 23,000 pounds of food a year that was distributed to a handful of beneficiaries.
Today, under her leadership, Potluck distributes over 4 million pounds of excess fresh produce, prepared, perishable, frozen and nonperishable food annually from its facility on Broadway in North Little Rock. Potluck now helps feed more than 12,000 individuals and families a week through its network of local and out-of-area food programs that distribute grocery items or serve onsite meals.
Carol has written and been awarded more than 2 million dollars in grant funding and increased the truck fleet and capacity for the organization to collect more food and serve even more individuals in Central Arkansas.
With the news of Carol’s retirement, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Sylvia Blain has been chosen as the new Executive Director of Potluck Food Rescue.
With more than a 20-year career in operations, program management and consulting in the non-profit sector, and more than a decade of nonprofit leadership experience, Ms. Blain is sure to provide Potluck Food Rescue with remarkable guidance and success. Blain has spent the last five years in the hospitality industry in Central Arkansas. She brings with her the contacts in the local food industry that will serve to increase the capacity of our organization’s ability to serve the hungry.
As a vital member of Little Rock’s food community, Blain’s recent volunteer activities include serving Central Arkansas youth as the current President of the Board of Directors with the Dunbar Garden in the Paul Laurence Dunbar Neighborhood south of Downtown Little Rock. Sylvia also served as the past Executive Director of that organization. She currently serves on the Mayor’s Sustainability Council in Little Rock. She will also be a valuable voice in the food rescue sector in Central Arkansas.
“In my role as Executive Director of Potluck Food Rescue, I will bolster the organization’s ability to feed people by relying on my extensive network of contacts in the Central Arkansas food landscape to identify food waste in our local food system. I plan to expand on the valuable groundwork that has already been laid for me at this organization. My first order of business is to visit each of the agencies we serve to grow my understanding of their individual needs.”
We want to express our heartfelt and deeply appreciative thanks to Carol Herzog, who has been the Executive Director of the Potluck Food Rescue for the past 22 years. Carol’s leadership has built Potluck Food Rescue into an effective, well-funded and well-managed organization with integrity and a clear sense of purpose, and her steady and committed presence throughout the search process was integral in helping us come to this result. We will be forever grateful for her leadership and vision, and I hope we can continue to rely on her support in the months and years ahead. We wish her all the best in the next chapter.
“The moral test of a civilization is the way it cares for its neighbors in need.“ – Pearl S. Buck
Thanks to you, we are starting 2018 off on the right foot!
In 2017 we were able to divert millions of pounds of good food from the landfill and into the hands of Arkansans that need it most. Along with our restaurant, hotel, and hospital partners, your donations have kept our trucks on the road and our lights on in the office. We simply can’t do it without you.
2018 is a year of new beginnings for Potluck Food Rescue. We will be expanding our ability to serve individuals and families in need by securing more food donation partners, introducing new events, and expanding our programming.
PS: Your continuing support means the world to us in keeping our wheels on the ground fulfilling our mission. Please take a moment to make a donation, and if you haven’t yet, please join our mailing list using the form on this page.