Fulfill, formerly known as the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, announced today that former Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno will serve as the President and CEO of the organization starting on Monday, May 6.
“Our mission is driven by a desire to help those who have fallen on hard times,” said Jeremy Grunin, Chair of Fulfill’s Board of Trustees. “In searching for a new CEO, we wanted someone with an established history of charitable giving and involvement; extensive connections that could bring new resources to the organization; and who could help bring greater attention to Fulfill and its programs so we can serve as a model for other non-profits statewide. We have found that and more in Lieutenant Governor Guadagno.”
With facilities in Neptune Township and Toms River, Fulfill is committed to alleviating hunger and building food security in Monmouth & Ocean Counties and to make sure that all people at all times have access to enough nutritious food to maintain an active and healthy life.
“As Fulfill’s CEO, I plan to bring a voice to the growing number of our neighbors who do not know where their next meal will come from,” said Guadagno. “Over the next few months, I hope to reach every corner of Monmouth and Ocean Counties to raise awareness of the problem of hunger in our own backyard and to raise awareness of the services Fulfill provides to try to solve the problem. No child should ever go to bed not knowing where his or her next meal will come from. No parent should ever struggle to put food on their table.”
Guadagno’s appointment was praised by leaders in government, business and advocacy group.
“I could not think of a better person to lead a great organization that does such great work in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. That great work will only be enhanced by the addition of Lieutenant Governor Guadagno. LG Guadagno is one of the hardest working people I know, not just in politics, but in all of New Jersey. She is an exceptional choice,” said Senator Declan’s O’Scanlon, Jr.
Senator Vin Gopal said, “Kim Guadagno has a strong love and dedication to Monmouth County so I am very pleased to see she has become the new President and CEO of Fulfill. I know that Kim and Fulfill will do amazing things together to help so many Monmouth and Ocean County families who are in need.”
“I am so proud to congratulate my dear friend and our former Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. I’m grateful to be Kim’s friend and to have worked with her professionally over the years. Her dedication to New Jersey and Monmouth County has been unwavering throughout her career in public service. I know that she will bring that commitment and passion for our residents to this new journey as President and CEO of Fulfill,” said Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso.
“As Monmouth County Sheriff and New Jersey’s first Lieutenant Governor, Kim has always been a fierce advocate for the state’s most vulnerable individuals. Her ability to bring together people and resources to help others is unmatched. I am confident, as CEO of Fulfill, she will be tireless in her fight for those suffering from food insecurity. Saker ShopRites understands the importance of providing good food to our local families and we are excited to work with her to help alleviate hunger in our community.” – Richard Saker, President and CEO of Saker ShopRites, Inc.