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Food Bank board considers new contract for executive director

By Sonny Long
Nov. 21, 2011 at 5:21 a.m.


BROWN'S BAG

Dennis Brown, before becoming the executive director of the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent in May 2009, also worked with the Salvation Army for 10 years, served as executive director for Meals on Wheels in Greenville County, S.C., and headed up the Food Bank of Northern Indiana in Fort Bend.

Dennis Brown's bags were almost packed.

Brown, executive director of the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent, had planned to fly to Kentucky on Friday morning to look for a place to live when he assumed his duties as the new executive director of Feeding America Kentucky's Heartland Food Bank after the first of the year.

But Monday afternoon, the local Food Bank's finance committee renegotiated Brown's contract and asked him to reconsider his decision.

"I ran it by my wife, and I guess we're still Texans if they still want us here," said Brown, who moved to Victoria from Indiana in May 2009.

The full board of directors will have to approve the finance committee's recommendation, a process that began Monday after the committee meeting.

"He's done a great job," Joe Truman, chairman of the board, said Monday afternoon. "Board members are being polled by email on the committee's recommendation, so that process is ongoing."

Truman said he was in favor of retaining Brown.

Brown said he was pleased with the progress made at the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent so far during his tenure.

"I wanted to rebuild the food bank and get things back on track. Make sure we were financially solvent, and we've done that," he said.

Much of that work involved the food bank structure itself as freezer doors were replaced, the roof repaired and the building's foundation rebuilt.

Two trucks were also added to the food bank's fleet.

Aesthetic changes such as landscaping and painting were made.

Brown also touted new computer software, the improved direct mail program, the growing Backpack Program and the Sweetheart Charity Ball fundraiser as achievements he is proud of during his tenure.

Most recently, Brown said, a new backup generator was obtained through grant funds.

The Food Bank of the Golden Crescent was founded in 1986 and works with more than 100 agencies in Calhoun, Colorado, DeWitt, Lavaca, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Matagorda, Refugio, Victoria and Wharton counties.

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