After an extensive nationwide search, the county’s leading nonprofit hunger-relief organization has announced its new President and Chief Executive Officer will be Karen Erren. The longtime food banker has more than two decades of nonprofit experience. Erren comes from the Palm Beach County Food Bank in Florida where she served as Executive Director.
During the food bank’s COVID-19 response, Erren led the charge in distributing nearly 6 million pounds of food between March and June. That’s up to five times the food bank’s regular monthly volume during that time!
“I am so proud and honored to join the team here at Feeding Westchester,” Erren said. “They have been on the forefront of hunger relief in the county for more than 30 years, and have worked tirelessly to meet unprecedented levels of need caused by the COVID-19 crisis.”
Erren joins Feeding Westchester at a time when the food bank has responded to the greatest need and demand it has ever seen for food. Since March 1, the organization has distributed a record amount of food – more than 12 million pounds! That’s a year-over-year increase of 63 percent. None of that would have been possible without the generous support of the public. As the impact of the global pandemic continues and unemployment numbers rise, Erren knows there is still plenty of work to do.
“Westchester entered Phase 4 of reopening in July, but the effects of the pandemic will continue to drive the need for food,” Erren said. “We will ensure as much food as possible on as many tables as possible for as long as there is need.”