Mitch Thomson is the new executive director of the Red Deer and District Food Bank.
In a news release Wednesday, the organization said that Thomson’s strong leadership should help guide the food bank during unprecedented times.
“Mitch has joined our team at a critical time in the organization as we respond to pandemic pressures, a difficult economy, and the growing demands of the region,” said Red Deer Food Bank Society chairman Ken Fletcher.
“Mitch will bring strong leadership to our team and a collaborative approach to caring for our most vulnerable citizens.”
Thomson and his wife Jennifer have owned and operated several businesses in central Alberta. Thomson is currently a councillor with the Town of Olds and owner of Acorn Energy, a retail marketer of electricity, natural gas and internet services.
He recently served as executive director for the Olds Institue for Community and Regional Development, as well as chairman for Mountain View Child Care Society.
“(I am) grateful for the support the Red Deer Food Bank has received from the community and region and will strive to be a steward of the organization’s resources so those gifts have the greatest impact,” he said.
Last year alone, the food bank provided 6,046 food hampers to 8,672 adults and 5,583 children.