Larry Sly announces his retirement from Food Bank

As a valued supporter of our work, I wanted to let you know I am preparing to retire from the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. When I accepted the job as a truck driver – fresh out of college – for the newly-formed Food Bank in 1976, I had no idea I would end up providing leadership for the organization for over 43 years.

I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have had a professional life dedicated to helping provide healthy food to people in our community. Now it is time for me to shift gears and start using my hiking boots and kayak on a regular basis. There’s a good chance I will end up volunteering somewhere because I am built that way.

The impact the Food Bank makes on this community will always be important to me and I am committed to making the transition to new leadership a smooth one. In preparation for my departure, our Board of Directors established a Transition Committee to find the right person to lead the organization and ensure its future success.

I have absolute confidence that our leadership team is ready to skillfully move us into this new chapter for the Food Bank. And I have no doubt the Food Bank will remain steadfast in partnering with our community to end hunger, so your support remains vital.

We value your commitment to the Food Bank and hope that you will reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Please feel free to contact me at 925-771-1300. You can also contact Kim Castaneda, our Development Director, at 925-849-8365.

A word from our Board of Directors Chair:

Larry has provided outstanding leadership to the Food Bank and its mission to end hunger. We deeply appreciate his dedication and the significant legacy of achievement and service he has created over the past four decades. We wish him all the best as he starts his next chapter.

Larry is continuing his role as Executive Director through the search and selection process for his successor and is using his remaining time with the organization to help ensure a smooth transition for his successor.

Behind the scenes, the Food Bank’s leadership team has been working closely with our dedicated Board of Directors to also ensure a successful transition process.

We are excited to find a new Executive Director who will embrace the culture, values, and mission of this organization and lead the Food Bank into the future.

Tracy M. Tomkovicz
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
Board of Directors, Chair

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