Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Executive Director Joe Arthur Presented Leadership Award
HARRISBURG – The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is pleased to announce that its Executive Director Joe Arthur was honored by the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal at its 2017 Nonprofit Innovation Awards as the Nonprofit Leadership Excellence Award Winner for being an exemplary nonprofit leader whose accomplishments have advanced his organization.
Arthur joined the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank as Associate Director October 1, 2008 and was appointed Executive Director July 2012.
Since his appointment, Arthur has made it his personal mission to ensure “no one goes hungry” in the Food Bank’s 27-county service area. He rallied the small staff of just under 50 employees and immediately focused on building the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s capacity to meet our mission of fighting hunger, improving lives and strengthening communities.
In order to get healthier offerings to the people we serve, Arthur implemented several innovative strategies including increasing refrigeration capacity and distribution of fresh produce. In 2011-12, the Food Bank distributed nearly 2 million pounds of fresh produce. In 2015-16, the Food Bank distributed nearly 8 million pounds of fresh produce an increase of nearly 320%.
The Food Bank was selected by the state Department of Agriculture via a competitive bid process to administer the PA Agricultural Surplus System for 2016 and 2017. This award provides $1 million each year to distribute fresh produce through all of PA’s 67 counties.
With Arthur’s “Food as Medicine” approach to hungry central Pennsylvanians, in 2012 he began a collaboration with the Mid-Atlantic Milking Marketing Association, PA Dairymen’s Association, and the PA Milk Marketing Board. In June 2013, the Food Bank became the first Charitable Sub-Distributor of fresh milk and started distribution immediately. Arthur partnered with PA Dairymen’s Association, American Dairy Association North East (formerly Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association) and the PA Department of Agriculture to create the “Fill a Glass with Hope” campaign to subsidize the cost of the milk to pantries and soup kitchens. In 2015-2016, the Food Bank distributed 353,203 quarts of 2% fresh milk – over 1,400,000 million servings of milk. The Food Bank is the third largest fresh milk distributor in the United States.
In May 2015 under Arthur’s leadership, the Board of Directors adopted The Bold Goal: By 2025, our collaborative network will provide access to enough nutritious food for everyone struggling with hunger in each of the 27 central Pennsylvania counties we serve.
The awards breakfast was held on March 9, 2017 at the Lancaster Marriott to recognize 35 central Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations and their leaders for developing creative ways to help the region’s citizens with limited resources.