In this episode, Heidi sits with the amazing Erin Pulling, who serves as CEO of Food Bank of the Rockies.
Food Bank of the Rockies ignites the power of community to nourish people facing hunger. With a hub-and-spoke model of programs and 800+ Hunger Relief Partners, Food Bank of the Rockies procures 100+ million pounds of food per year from retail, agricultural, and manufacturer partnerships, and distributes the food throughout 30 Colorado counties and all of Wyoming. With a staff of nearly 200, a volunteer base of 20,000, and four distribution facilities, the organization embodies an efficient distribution model of procuring and distributing food and essentials, serving nearly 800,000 people per year. Food Bank of the Rockies is in the midst of cultural evolution with values of service, integrity, diversity/equity/inclusion, collaboration, and innovation at its core. The organization is distributing 50% more food than pre-Covid and is prioritizing community partnerships, nutrition, and cultural relevance in its service delivery.
Erin has served as CEO of Food Bank of the Rockies since January 2019. Prior to this role, she spent 24 years at Project Angel Heart, the last fourteen of which as CEO. Erin is the incoming Chair of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Nonprofit Association. Past board involvements include the Food is Medicine Coalition, the Dining Out for Life International Association, and Community Shares of Colorado. Awards include ‘Most Admired CEO’ and ‘Forty Under 40’ by the Denver Business Journal, ‘Outstanding Professional’ by the Colorado Restaurant Association, and a Livingston Fellowship from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. She was in the 2012 class of Leadership Denver. Erin holds a Master of Nonprofit Management degree from Regis University and a BS in Psychology from Santa Clara University. She and her husband have three children, all adopted domestically.
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