The Food Rescue Partnership elected board members in August 2015 to oversee the continued efforts and mission of the FRP.
Pete Vogel is a lifelong resident of the Quad Cities and worked in IT for John Deere for 39-1/2 years as an Analyst, Project Manager, Knowledge Management Lead and Change Champion before retiring. His work with food rescue continues his family legacy as his father – Bud Vogel – founded River Bend Foodbank and served as its Chairman of the Board for over 30 years. The Food Rescue Partnership allows Pete to pursue his passion for feeding the hungry and leverage his years of life experience and work in the Quad Cities community. Pete has a Bachelor’s degree from Marycrest College in Art and Computer Graphics and a Masters of Education Degree from the University of Illinois. After retirement, he earned his Master Gardener Certification and now extends his hunger relief work by coordinating the “Plant a Row for the Hungry” program at the local University of Illinois Extension.
You can hear more about the Vogel family’s background in QC food rescue in the first episode of the Middle of Somewhere podcast.
As Marketing Coordinator at the Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), Lea Hensel has been involved in food waste reduction efforts over the past five years at all levels of the Food Recovery Hierarchy, with particular emphasis on source reduction and composting. It was through an IWRC connection that Lea became involved in the Food Rescue Partnership in 2015 and has been able to learn and advocate for ensuring food remains a resource for people, rather than a waste. She began attending meetings regularly and her background and marketing degree from UNI has allowed her to lead the marketing efforts and digital presence for the Food Rescue Partnership. She is also a stakeholder in the Iowa Food Waste Stakeholder Coalition and serves as Communication Director for the Public Relations Network of the Quad Cities board.
Christina McDonough is the Community Transformation Consultant at the Scott County Health Department and has been involved with the Food Rescue Partnership since it’s onset in 2013. The Scott County Health Department collected data on 124 food system indicators and was the leading organization to assist the original workgroup of stakeholders in narrowing the focus to the % of food waste (industrial/commercial) food system indicator and developing a community improvement action plan. Christina’s position grants her the ability to remain highly involved in the Quad Cities first ever, Food Rescue Partnership. Christina earned her Bachelors in Health Promotion from the University of Northern Iowa and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.
Mike Miller is the Executive Director of the River Bend Foodbank, the largest hunger-relief organization in the Quad Cities. River Bend’s mission is to lead the community-wide effort to end hunger in eastern Iowa and western Illinois, which is perfectly aligned with the Food Rescue Partnership. Last year the Foodbank distributed over 10 million meals through a network of 300 partner agencies across the 22 counties they serve, with a vision of more than doubling that number over the next ten years. Mike holds degrees in computer and electrical engineering and an MBA from Purdue University. He serves on the Illinois Commission to End Hunger and is the Vice President of the Iowa Food Bank Association, Treasurer of Feeding Illinois, and a Board Member of the Student Hunger Drive.
Past Board Members
Lindsey Adams, Outback Steakhouse – Vice-Chair (2015-2016) – Read Inaugural Member in Food Rescue: Outback Steakhouse to learn more about Lindsey’s food rescue efforts.