Food for Life is seeking a Chairperson for a two-year term beginning in January 2021. We are looking for a strategic leader and mentor to work with a mature Board and solid management team to help Food for Life continue doing GOOD.
Food for Life is the collaborative leader in sourcing, sorting, and sharing fresh food in Halton Region and Hamilton. Over 25 years, Food for Life has grown into the largest food recovery program in Halton Region bringing fresh and nutritious food to those in need. Through the current pandemic, Food for Life emerged as a leader, pivoting quickly to respond to a 30% increase in neighbours reaching out for food support
“I have had the privilege of being on the Board of Food for Life for the past five-years and acting as Chair of the Board for the past two years,” said Roland Walton, current Chair. “This is an incredible organization made up of dedicated, hard-working individuals who care about doing GOOD. Personally, this has been a wonderful opportunity to share my experience from a long corporate career, collaborate with and learn from a high-quality group of Directors, and give back to the community where I live.”
The Chair works closely with the Executive Director to help further mature and grow the impact, influence, and capacity of the organization. Past Board experience, either as a Chair or leading Committees, preferably in a not-for-profit environment, and an understanding of, and/or passion for food security are beneficial.
More details can be found in the attached Role Description and on foodforlife.ca. Interested applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and resume by September 30, 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org
As a reminder all Board positions at charitable organizations are voluntary and not compensated.
BOARD CHAIR ROLE DESCRIPTION
What type of person are we looking for?
- You possess a strong leadership capacity to direct a mature Not-for-Profit Board in areas of strategy, objectives, good governance, and risk management
- You have a demonstrated capacity to provide strategic mentorship to the Executive Director
- You can effectively work toward a 3-year Strategic Plan along with the Board
- You provide a level of business, political or community connectivity and networking in core business areas such as food industry, transportation, logistics, community engagement.
- You have past Board experience, either as Chair or leading Committees, preferably in a Not-for-Profit environment
- You understand and/or have a strong passion for the role of rescued food and its power to impact peoples lives and the environment.
Time Commitment & Expectations
The Chair should expect to allocate approximately 10-15 hours per month on average to Food for Life duties. This time commitment can fluctuate up or down depending on circumstances.
- The Board meets 6-8 times per year – virtually right now, or at our Burlington warehouse/office location, plus additionally one day/year for a weekend planning retreat
- The Chair will participate with the Executive Director in some community events and functions
- The Chair works closely with the Executive Director by providing mentorship/guidance at a strategic level, and in preparation for Board meetings and other events
- The Chair coordinates with established Committees (finance, operations, governance, and marketing) to ensure their initiatives connect to strategic direction and governance
- The Chair may participate as an optional ex-officio member of several Committees in addition to chairing the Executive Committee.
- In addition to the above described time commitment, the Chair should expect to contribute financially, commensurate to the role and expectations of other Directors
- The Chair shall serve for two years with the possibility of a one-year extension.
OUR MISSION: RESCUING FOOD. IMPACTING LIVES.
2020 celebrates the 25th year that Food for Life has been leading the way in rescuing and sharing fresh and frozen good food to support people accessing food programs across Halton and Hamilton.
The team is comprised of our dedicated staff, non-profit partners, and volunteer outreach teams who strive to ensure everyone has access to fresh, healthy food.
Food is donated from farmers, producers, wholesalers, and retail businesses with a focus on perishable good food.
Rescuing and sharing fresh food is a time-sensitive process and often we collect and distribute food in under 48-hours. Our unique supply chain of pick-up, storage, packing, and delivery is conducted by a growing staff team, and the support of a network of more than 1000 community volunteers who donate more than 50,000 hours of service each year. We operate a fleet of four refrigerated commercial trucks, three refrigerated vans, a 12,000 sq. ft warehouse with walk-in coolers and freezers and dry storage space.
The Board of Directors provides governance oversight and support to the Executive Director and operational support through several standing committees.
Community Development Halton reports that 1 in 10 of those living in Halton is hungry. Our analysis shows this to be a conservative number where:
- 22% of those accessing our food programs are on disability benefits
- 20% are on old-age pension or seniors
- 20% are employed
- 39% of those served are children
The rising cost of food continues to put increasing strain on individuals and families who are working poor, seniors, or those with other life challenges. Over the last several years healthy fresh food has risen an average of 16 % a year and this trend is projected to increase in the coming years.
Everyone has the right to access healthy food and Food for Life helps those in economically vulnerable situations stretch limited resources and improve quality of life, well-being, and reduce stress through healthier eating.
During the current pandemic this call to action has never been strong or more important to support people at a most vulnerable time.
Be inspired and learn more anytime at www.foodforlife.ca
Food for Life is entrusted with donations from major partners to do our work including United Way, Sprott Foundation, Local Community Foundations, and thousands of caring companies and individuals. Each year Food for Life raises more than a million dollars in revenue through fundraising activities.
We are accountable to the people who we serve and who support us. This means managing the resources entrusted to us and our impact on the environment in which we live and work.
Food for Life has been recognized several times in recent years for the responsible management of our resources and is proud to have been again named in 2018 by Charity Intelligence Canada as a Top 10 Canadian Impact Charity.
By its nature, the act of rescuing quality surplus food from entering the waste stream is good for people and the planet but we are committed to doing more and inspiring others to join us.
We are also proud to be a member of the National Zero Waste Council and Compost Council of Canada. Management of inedible food waste is an inevitable part of the work we do. In January 2020 we became the first food support charity in Canada to install and operate an onsite aerobic composter to help return food to the soil from which it came.
We believe when we work together, we all win. Alongside hundreds of different groups including donors, other food rescue organizations, neighbours, and the community itself, we do everything we do our best each day to positively impact people’s lives.
Every decision we make has consequences. Not just for our organization, but in people’s lives. That is why we ensure all our decisions are informed by leveraging data, insights, best practice and lived experience.
We actively pursue ways to improve sustainability for our operations and the environment and strive to ensure time, energy and resources are never wasted.
We start all relationships from a place of trust ensuring we treat everyone equitably, with respect, and valuing their personal diversity.
ABOUT OUR TALENTED BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board is comprised of community and business leaders and contributors. The Board manages against a set of Bylaws and Board Policies which are regularly reviewed and updated. A full board list is online.
The Board currently comprises 11 Directors, organized into the following Committees.
- Executive: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer
- Finance, Governance & Nominating, Operations, Marketing Communications (MarCom)