Northshore Food Bank Announces Staff Changes

For Immediate Release: August 30, 2022
                                                                                                                                                Contact: Ginger Kunkle
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COVINGTON - Northshore Food Bank is excited to announce changes to its leadership team.
Kara McSwain has been promoted to Program Director, as the programs offered by Northshore Food Bank have continued to grow with the expansion of nutritional initiatives and the creation of our Community Cupboard program, which has grown significantly since its inception in the fall of 2019.  Kara began as the Resale Shop Manager in 2017 before moving into a Program Manager role in 2020 and is being recognized for the efforts and outcomes delivered through the programs she manages. 
Ginger Kunkle has been named Development Director following the promotion of former Development Director, Yvette Roussel, to CEO. Ginger has been with the food bank since 2015 and has also served in multiple roles, most recently as Community Engagement Manager. The knowledge and skill she has garnered during her time here allows for a solid and seamless transition to occur with her assuming this position.
Both Kara and Ginger are excited to grow with the organization and look forward to continuing to create positive community impact through the mission and services offered by Northshore Food Bank. 
“Having Kara and Ginger in these new leadership roles is exciting,” says Yvette Roussel, CEO. “They both bring a wealth of knowledge, skill and passion for our mission.  Their years of experience with the Food Bank is so beneficial as we plan for the future and new directions to help food insecure households in St Tammany Parish.”
Last month, Yvette Roussel was named Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Terri Turner-Marse, who retired in September.
Since 1984, Northshore Food Bank (NFB) has served the Northshore by providing access to basic needs in Saint Tammany Parish, LA. NFB is a hunger relief organization, providing nonperishable staple foods as well as fresh and frozen items (as available) to individuals and families that qualify for food assistance. NFB has a variety of nutritional programs to reach the underserved such as its Community Cupboard, a collaboration with other nonprofit organizations that have identified food insecurity and assist in the distribution of food to those in need.
In 2021, NFB distributed 1.2 million pounds of food to over 15,000 food insecure individuals. Thanks to community support, NFB received over 1 million pounds of food donations and $1.1 million in funding.
NFB also has a Resale Shop that supports the food bank by raising funds for food purchases.
NFB is supported by the generosity of businesses, civic organizations, and individuals, and is a Candid Gold Transparency rated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.