Food Bank president retiring

(WTNH/Noelle Gardner)

EAST HAVEN, Conn (WTNH) — The Connecticut Food Bank President and CEO is stepping down.

Nancy Carrington announced she will be retiring at the end of this year.

Carrington has been a part of the Connecticut Food Bank for two decades. She joined in 1984 as a food solicitor, seeking donations from the food industry and local growers.

In 1989 she was promoted to Executive director and in 2010 she was appointed as President and CEO.

Under Nancy’s leadership, the Food Bank grew from a grassroots, volunteer organization into the largest centralized source of charitable food donations in Connecticut, feeding more than 300,000 people in six Connecticut counties.

“Nancy has been a strong leader in the food banking industry and has lead the organization through many challenges as the need for food-assistance grew beyond what anyone would have imagined,” said James Augur, Connecticut Food Bank’s Board Chair and Vice President at Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Connecticut. “Under her guidance, Connecticut Food Bank grew from distributing 200,000 pounds of food annually to more than 20 million pounds. On behalf of the Board of Directors we thank her for her dedication to feeding the hungry and appreciate her years of service.”

“It has been an honor and a privilege to lead Connecticut Food Bank for the last 30 years,” said Carrington. “Retirement was not an easy decision for me to make after spending so many years working to alleviate hunger in Connecticut. Although I plan to remain a life-long advocate for the hungry, it is time for new leadership to manage the changes Connecticut Food Bank will experience in the years to come. But one thing that will not change is the support needed from members of the community, donors and our member feeding agencies and programs.”

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