New Food Bank director ready to serve community

Sonny Long

Jan. 3, 2013 at 11 p.m.
Updated Jan. 3, 2013 at 7:04 p.m.

Not just the work but also serving a community is what attracted Robin Cadle to be the new executive director of the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent.

"I'm not starting a new job; I'm starting a new adventure helping people," Cadle said.

Lynn Miori, chairwoman of the Food Bank's board of directors, said board members were initially struck with Cadle's enthusiasm.

"She's very excited about the position and will bring that enthusiasm to the Food Bank, especially on the fundraising side," Miori said.

"She has a great deal of experience in fundraising areas and had some great recommendations," added Miori.

Cadle, who was selected from about two dozen candidates for the position, was the unanimous choice of the board, said Miori.

Cadle was settling into her office Thursday, with not everything yet in place on the wall, when she sat down for a question-and-answer session.

Talk a little about your employment history.

I started out working for attorneys, doing administrative assistant type duties. I then worked as an office services supervisor for a law firm. When I came here, I was hired at the University of Houston-Victoria as the administrative assistant to the associate vice president of regional outreach and student services, Dick Phillips. When he moved to the advancement office, I moved with him as administrative assistant and development specialist and started doing fundraising.

Your fundraising background makes for a natural transition to this job. What else attracted you?

Helping others. To be honest, I did not know much about the Food Bank. I thought it was somewhere people went to get food. That's not how it works. I learned a lot just doing my research to submit my application. We've got a great story that needs to be told. The number of agencies we get to interact with is amazing. I'm definitely a people person and looking forward to working with the people in those agencies.

I know this is your first day on the job, but as you studied the Food Bank and learned more about it, what do you see as some of the challenges here?

Fundraising, of course, is always a challenge, especially in these economic times. My priorities also include awareness and education. Getting our story out.

Why is the Food Bank an asset to this area?

We serve 11 counties and about 100 different agencies that distribute food. When you think about people needing the food bank, it's senior citizens, it's children, families who are working but can't make ends meet. It's not just the homeless and the poorest of the poor. It encompasses so much more. We need to understand how big that problem is and what food insecurity means. Food drives, donating food is great, but if people understood how much more their monetary donations do - a $1 donation equals five meals - that's the story that needs to be told. A little bit goes a long way, and every little bit helps.

Anything else you'd like to add?

I've inherited a phenomenal staff and am looking forward to working with them and with the board of directors. We have a great board with a diverse background. I plan on continuing the work that's been started here, like the backpack program, and doing more if we can. We're here to help.



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