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Mayhue-Greer to retire as president, CEO of Mid-South Food Bank

Estella Mayhue-Greer will retire from Mid South Food Bank at the end of 2019.

Estella Mayhue-Greer, who has led the Mid South Food Bank as President and CEO since 2011, will retire from the organization effective December 31, 2019.

Mayhue-Greer joined Mid-South Food Bank in 1996 as agency relations director, working with the Food Bank’s network of partner agencies, significantly increasing the number of participating food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other agencies that distribute food from the Food Bank.

“Estella has been at the heart of the Food Bank for 23 years,” said board chairman Perre Coleman Magness in a statement. “She has overseen tremendous growth and ushered in an exciting new era, completing the hugely successful capital campaign for the new facility to better serve all our neighbors in need.”

She was promoted to director of programs in 2002, continuing to recruit new agencies and starting a new childhood hunger program, Kids Cafe.

In 2004, she became senior vice president and COO, responsible for all operations, community relations and programs. 

Mayhue-Greer also initiated the Food for Kids BackPack Program to provide children with food for the weekend, and the Mobile Pantry program to increase food distribution to rural counties.

“Estella and her team understand the challenges faced by the community based non-profit agencies they work with,” said Florence Hervery, CEO of CMI Healthcare Services. “Her dedication and commitment to fighting food insecurity and hunger in our community became her life’s work.”

As president of the Mid South Food Bank, Mayhue-Greer led the effort to consolidate two buildings into a new Mid-South Food Bank facility large enough to accommodate all operations and administration, with room for growth. 

“Her lasting impact will be on the Mid-South community she served, feeding the need for so many in our region,” Magness added.

Mayhue-Greer headed a $12.5 million capital campaign, which began in 2015 and recently surpassed that goal.  Construction is underway to retrofit a building on South Perkins, which will open in June as the new home of Mid-South Food Bank. 

The Food Bank board of directors has begun the process of conducting a search for a new president & CEO.  For more information, visit www.midsouthfoodbank.org.

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