Lowcountry Food Bank President and CEO Pat Walker plans to retire this year after eight years at the helm of the nonprofit.
“Leading the food bank has been a deeply satisfying experience and has given me the opportunity to guide this organization through great accomplishments and achievements,” Walker said in a news release. “I appreciate the support and confidence of the board of directors over my tenure.”
The Lowcountry Food Bank board plans to conduct a nationwide search to find a new president and CEO; Walker will remain in her position until a replacement is named.
During her tenure as president and CEO, Walker oversaw the expansion of the Zucker Family Production Kitchen, where meals are prepared for children, seniors and veterans programs. Since 2012, the number of prepared meals has increased 163%, according to the food bank.
Under her leadership, the Lowcountry Food Bank also increased the pounds of food it has distributed by 72.6%, and it currently serves over 200,000 people each year.
Prior to working at Lowcountry Food Bank, Walker served as president and CEO of East Cooper Meals on Wheels for 10 years. She also had a 30-year career in education as a high school teacher and counselor.
“It has been an honor to work with Pat, and she will be greatly missed,” Shelley Yuhas, chairwoman of the Food Bank’s board, said in the release.o