Leadership change at the Food Bank of North Alabama

Kathryn Strickland

Kathryn Strickland recently accepted the CEO position at the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama in Birmingham and will start there Oct. 3rd.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Food Bank of North Alabama, based in Huntsville, will be getting a new leader soon.

The Food Bank offers hunger relief programs that immediately feed people in need. It also addresses hunger’s root causes through local food initiatives that foster entrepreneurship and healthy food access. It supplies eight million pounds of food a year to a network of over 240 food pantries, shelters and children’s programs in 11 counties.

Current Executive Director Kathryn Strickland recently accepted the CEO position at the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama in Birmingham and will start there Oct. 3rd.

“I have never been engaged in more gratifying work or had the honor to work alongside more dedicated people than the staff and board members of the Food Bank of North Alabama,” says Strickland.

Shirley Schofield, Food Donor Director, will officially assume her responsibilities as Interim Director on September 12th.

Shirley Schofield has accepted the role of Interim Director of the Food Bank of North Alabama.

Shirley Schofield has accepted the role of Interim Director of the Food Bank of North Alabama.

“For the past two years, I have watched in admiration as Shirley grew our grocery store donations to over 4 million pounds of food a year and was instrumental in our achievement of the highest food safety score in the nation among food banks,” explains Strickland. “I look forward to working with her to explore ways we can leverage the strengths of both organizations to ensure a healthy and hunger-free Alabama.”

Schofield says she is honored to take on this new role as Interim Director of the Food Bank of North Alabama and plans to keep the positive momentum going.

“Kathryn’s vision and enthusiasm have been instrumental in the Food Bank of North Alabama’s growth, and we know in Birmingham she will continue her tireless efforts to help the most vulnerable people in Alabama,” says Schofield. “North Alabama is a caring, giving community, and together we can work to ensure no one is at risk of hunger.”