MANNA FOOD PROJECT ANNOUNCES KIM BAKER AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Harbor Springs, MI – After an extensive search process, the Board of Directors of Manna Food Project chose a new Executive Director to take the helm of the organization.
Kim Baker will begin his new position on Monday, October 17, 2016. He replaces Mannaʼs most recent executive director, Deb Noblett, who announced her retirement in August.
Manna Board President, Tim Dykstra, commented on the organization’s careful selection process, “Of the more than 40 candidates who applied, a short list was selected for the interview process. Among those, Kim stood out as bringing a rare combination of non-profit and business experience along with a wide range of skills, including fund development, board and community engagement, and a passion for Manna’s mission “to feed the hungry throughout the North.”
Baker has spent his career in the non-profit sector—including four years with the American Red Cross in Southeast and Northern Michigan and ten years at the Detroit Institute of Arts, overseeing membership, individual and corporate giving, and special campaigns. Kim is an avid sailor and downhill skier.
Baker is happy to be back up North where he spent much of his childhood. “My family has strong ties to this area. My grandfather was the business manager of the Boyne City railroad in the 1920s, and my 95-year-old father attended a one-room schoolhouse in Boyne. Like many, we vacationed here throughout the years. I owe so much to Northern Michigan—it helped shape my life and has always felt like home.”
“My heart goes out to people in our area who struggle to put food on the table. Often, hard-working families are forced to choose between paying their utility bills or buying nutritious food for their children. It will be part of my job to tell this story. Together, we can help those in crisis and drive hunger out of Northern Michigan.”
Originally from Grand Rapids, Baker holds a BA in history from Hope College and a Master of Divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary, both in Holland, Michigan. Baker spent the early part of his career in leadership positions with the Reformed Church in America including communications, publishing, marketing and distribution.
Manna Food Project was founded in 1987 and currently assists in the distribution of 1.7M pounds of food product annually. Food is then available to over 44,000 families in need in Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet Counties through 37 partner agencies. Manna also distributes nearly 2,000 backpacks containing nutritious items to help carry at-risk elementary school students through each weekend of the academic year.