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Second Harvest Food Bank Announces Derrick Chubbs as New President and CEO

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ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 3, 2021) After a nationwide search, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida has named Derrick Chubbs as its new President and CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2022. Chubbs succeeds Dave Krepcho, who will retire at the end of 2021 after leading the nonprofit since 2004.

For the past five years, Chubbs has been President and CEO of Central Texas Food Bank (CTFB) in Austin, the largest hunger relief agency in Central Texas, providing more than 64 million pounds of food and grocery items to over 300,000 residents across 21 counties. In addition to guiding the food bank during a time of unprecedented need caused by the coronavirus pandemic, he has helped to lay a strong financial and strategic foundation for the future success of the CTFB.

“Derrick is an accomplished business leader who is driven by a passion to help others, making him the ideal leader for Second Harvest,” said Jeff Lutes, Board Chairman. “With thousands of families working to regain stable financial footing amid the pandemic, our work to feed hope has never been more important than it is right now. Derrick will further Dave’s legacy while positioning Second Harvest for the future.”

During Krepcho’s 17 years of leadership, the food bank expanded distribution capabilities, reduced food waste, introduced its Culinary Training Program, and launched several social enterprise initiatives to provide a sustainable revenue stream, including a catering division and signature food product line.

“Second Harvest has established itself as a national leader advocating for those experiencing food insecurity,” added Chubbs. “It is my honor and privilege to join this team as we continue with our relentless pursuit towards eliminating hunger in Central Florida.”

Prior to joining the Food Bank Network, Chubbs was with the American Red Cross where he held both regional and national executive roles. He began his professional career in the for-profit technology sector, holding senior leadership positions with companies such as IBM, Pervasive Software, and Dell before following his passion for community service. Derrick is a graduate of the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and is nearing completion of his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Texas.

Chubbs, his wife, Loly, and dog, Einstein, are looking forward to making Central Florida their new home.

For more information about Second Harvest and the different ways to support hunger relief efforts, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.


About Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida (SHFBCF)

SHFBCF is a member of Feeding America – the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. SHFBCF secures and distributes food and grocery products to approximately 550 local nonprofit feeding programs throughout Central Florida. In the past year, with the help of food and financial donors, volunteers and a caring, committed community, the food bank has distributed enough food for 96 million meals to partner programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers and Kids Cafes. In addition, Second Harvest’s 16-week culinary program teaches foodservice-based technical, life and employability skills to economically hard-pressed adults at no cost to them. Second Harvest is distributing enough food for a quarter of a million meals every day to the six-county service area. To learn more about SHFBCF, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.

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