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Jason Reed is new United Food Bank CEO

Jason Reed

On heels of national search, Jason Reed tapped to lead nonprofit

Staff Reports | Digital Free Press

The United Food Bank Board of Directors have named Jason Reed as the organization’s new president and CEO.

Mr. Reed will assume his new role on Feb. 27, after a nationwide selection process, according to a press release.

“Jason brings a wonderful mix of traditional food banking leadership, strategic and innovative thinking, as well as a personal passion for community service that will help take United Food Bank and Waste Not to the next level in providing and rescuing food for Arizona’s food insecure,” said Cathy Chlarson, board chair.

“This year marks United Food Bank’s 40th anniversary and we’re looking forward to working alongside our new president and CEO to continue to positively impact our community.”

Mr. Reed brings nearly 20 years of proven executive and community leadership to the role. Most recently he served as chief innovation officer of St. Vincent de Paul of Arizona and was a member of its executive team since 2019, the release states.

Mr. Reed also serves as chair of the board of directors for Adelante Healthcare, a community healthcare system that serves more than 80,000 patients with adult and family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, nutrition services, dental, and behavioral health services across Maricopa County.

“Food is more than just a meal on a plate,” Mr. Reed said in a prepared statement.

“Food is meant to be shared with others, and with our terrific community partners we can strengthen the many ways we share these resources to break the cycle of hunger in our communities. It’s hard to imagine a better role than one focused on guiding the mission of uniting communities to alleviate hunger. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to amplify and elevate the work of this team as we work together to bring hunger solutions for our neighbors experiencing food insecurity.”

United Food Bank has provided hunger relief to people in the East Valley and eastern Arizona since 1983. As a Feeding America member food bank, the organization collects, acquires, stores, and distributes food to 150 partner agencies and programs throughout five counties.

Each year, United Food Bank distributes over 21.6 million pounds of food equating to 49,000 meals a day, officials there say.

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