by Michael Bisch
When Executive Director Michael Bisch joined Yolo Food Bank 16 months ago, he knew that he’d be serving a worthy organization. But, as a father and local business and community leader, the absolutely inspiring impact of the Food Bank upon Yolo County’s social safety net came as more of a surprise than he anticipated
“I have been blessed with a varied and interesting career that’s taken me around the world, first in the corporate sector and then as an entrepreneur. But, my recent move to the nonprofit sector has been my most personally rewarding career choice by far. Every day, I feel propelled by the incredible dedication that I witness from our Board of Directors, the management team and staff, volunteers, and donors of both funds and food. Add to that the support of corporate and community leaders from around the region, and our mission to end hunger and malnutrition in Yolo County literally comes alive before me in words and actions daily.
Hungry, vulnerable people, and thousands of hard-working Yolo County families, benefit from this work each month. Seventy local nonprofit organizations also are able to carry out their own missions, because of the four million pounds of nutritious food Yolo Food Bank moves through the County annually. This photo means so much to me; it’s from my first holiday food distribution with the Food Bank last November. When I handed that bag with a Thanksgiving turkey and all of the fixings to that young mother, my heart was full. I understood in that moment that my work has the power to transform lives. It was the absolute highlight of my career.
Unlike many nonprofits, Yolo Food Bank’s work is funded primarily by private donations, not governmental grants. People just like you and me are the people who make it possible to Nourish Yolo each year. With the Big Day of Giving just two days away, I invite you to join me to Nourish Families facing challenges that threaten their ability to thrive. I will personally match the first $2,500 in donations pre-scheduled by midnight tonight, Tuesday, April 30, at bit.ly/BDOGYFB2019. Our neighbors unable to fully provide for themselves will thank you!’