A San Diego native, Vanessa joined the Food Bank in 2003. As Vice President of Operations, Vanessa oversees all Food Bank programs, operations, and external partnerships. Vanessa is responsible for establishing innovative Food Bank programs including the Community Cares Program, the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program, and the CalFresh Outreach Program. Vanessa also implemented the Food Bank’s new Nutrition Education Program and our nutrition inventory system. Both are designed to educate our food recipients about nutrition-related issues and to improve the nutritious value of the food provided by the Food Bank to our client population. Under Vanessa’s leadership, the Food Bank increased its food distribution by more than 125%.Prior to joining the Food Bank, Vanessa worked in accountancy where she discovered her passion for helping people by volunteering her time as a tax preparer for low-income families. Over the last ten years, Vanessa has participated in both leadership and management programs including the Fieldstone Emerging Leaders Program and LEAD San Diego. It was through LEAD that Vanessa was introduced to the Bayside Community Center, and she now serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors. Vanessa also serves on the National CSFP Association Board of Directors, and she volunteers as a Big Sister for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Program of San Diego.
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