New Interim CEO takes the helm of Harry Chapin Food Bank

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Toby Ives of Asheville, N.C., has been named the new Interim President and CEO of the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. Ives, who has a nearly 30-year career in food banking, is serving in the transition period between the departure of Al Brislain, former president and CEO, and the hiring of a new CEO by the food bank board. Ives presided over Harry Chapin Food Bank in 2007, during the search for a new CEO that resulted in Brislain’s hiring. 

“The Board of Directors is pleased that our Food Bank was able to retain an Interim CEO with such extensive food banking experience,” said Keith Scoggins, board chairman. 

Ives’ most recent long-term leadership position was as executive director of MANNA Food bank in Asheville for 16 years. The food bank serves 17 Western North Carolina counties. 

He also served two terms as chairman of the Eastern Region of Second Harvest, now Feeding America, a national network of 200 food banks, including Harry Chapin Food Bank.

Ives retired in 2004. Since then, he has acted as interim CEO five times for various Feeding America food banks in transition. They included the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. 

Ives also went to South Africa as a project manager for the Global FoodBank Network in 2008, launching food banks in four South African cities. 

His last post as interim executive director was at the Food Bank for Westchester County, N.Y., from September 2012 to April 2013.

At Harry Chapin Food Bank, his knowledge and experience will guide the food bank as it continues pushing forward on its vital mission to fight hunger in Southwest Florida. 

“I am pleased to be back at the Harry Chapin Food Bank for the interim period,” Ives said. “Through your support of the food bank, donors, volunteers, staff, board and the wider community, we invite thousands of people daily to the table, people in our five-county area, people who too often have little or nothing to eat. Thank you all.”

The Harry Chapin Food Bank solicits, collects and distributes quality food to families in need through a network of more than 150 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties, providing food to about 30,000 people each month.

The food bank can distribute $6 worth of food and grocery items for each donated dollar. Last fiscal year, the food bank distributed 18.4 million pounds of food and other grocery items to its partner agencies, valued at $31.3 million. This was the equivalent of 15.3 million meals. For additional information or how to contribute financially, call 239-334-7007 or visit

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