Meet Our New CEO…

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Michael J. Halligan has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of God’s Pantry Food Bank by the organization’s Board of Directors Chair, Grant Gabbard in a media conference today. The search committee of the 61-year-old regional hunger relief organization recently concluded an exhaustive, national search to fill the vacancy left by former CEO Marian F. Guinn. Guinn recently launched her own coaching and consulting company after 19 years of successful leadership at the Food Bank.

Halligan takes the helm at God’s Pantry Food Bank on January 3. He comes from the Chicago area where he most recently was Senior Director with ConAgra Foods. His more than 25 year career in the food industry includes senior management roles at PepsiCo, Inc. and the Quaker Oats Company as well.

In addition to his vast experience in the commercial food industry, Halligan also spent several years at the Food Bank’s national affiliation organization, Feeding America in Chicago. While there, Michael was very instrumental in launching the Retail Store Donation Program. This effort to drastically decrease food waste is having a huge impact on 200 Feeding America affiliated Food Banks nationwide.

Just last year, at  God’s Pantry Food Bank, six million of the 30 million pounds of food distributed came from retail store partners including Kroger, Walmart, Aldi, Target and others. Halligan was on the leading edge of building the national program that makes this possible. In 2015, 1.4 billion pounds of food was distributed nationwide by Feeding America’s network of regional Food Banks through this program. (Source:

God’s Pantry Food Bank’s search committee’s goal was to identify a leader who can:

  • Effectively lead the organization in the mission to fight hunger among nearly 260,000 children, seniors and their families who are food insecure in Central and Eastern Kentucky.
  • Increase its current 30 million pound annual distribution of nourishing food to levels that will fill growing unmet need.
  • Strengthen and develop the Food Bank’s partnerships with 400 community-based programs in 50 counties, as well as its donors and volunteers.

“Michael has demonstrated leadership that includes expert knowledge in food supply chain agility, business growth and mission delivery,” notes Board Chair Gabbard. “His experience and enthusiasm is a great fit for the growing organization. The board and staff are very excited about the capability, knowledge and innovation he will bring to the organization as he takes the reins in 2017. “

Halligan is impressed with the strides God’s Pantry Food Bank made in the fight against hunger in Central and Eastern Kentucky under the leadership of his predecessor, Marian Guinn. He is well positioned to take God’s Pantry Food Bank to the next level.

“I am excited and honored to join the team at God’s Pantry Food Bank. These passionate servants care deeply about the mission to address hunger, delivering hope to those in need,” he says. “Their compassion is inspiring. I look forward to meeting, learning from, and working with our agency partners, along with the dedicated volunteers and the supportive donors who together make a profound difference in the lives of so many.  I can’t wait to get started!”