Mobile Tour: Mid-Ohio Food Bank – Who Feeds the Poor? (Part 1)

Tuesday, November 7: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Join us as we tour the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. The food bank obtains and distributes 66,500,000 pounds of food a year to more than 650 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after school programs and senior housing sites across central and eastern Ohio. This provides almost 150,000 meals each day. See and hear how this $92,000,000 operation efficiently collects, stores and distributes food, from the suppliers to the tables of hungry people in their greatest times of need.

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Bob Fisher, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
Mr. Fisher joined Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) in 2010 in a consulting role. His focus was on special projects in the financial, operational and asset management areas. He then transitioned to a Staff Accountant in the Finance Department. His responsibilities include tax return and audit reviews, managing the Ohio Capital Impact Corporation (OCIC) financials, asset management fees, budgeting, tax issues, and special projects. Prior to joining OCCH, Mr. Fisher was Director of Finance for Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio, with responsibilities for all financial oversight, human resources, IT and compliance. In addition, he has extensive financial experience with several major telecommunications companies. He has a Master's Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh.


Matt Habash, Mid-Ohio Foodbank
Matt Habash became executive director of Mid-Ohio Foodbank in 1984. Prior to that, Matt was with the St. Stephen's Community House, first as a youth worker and then as the assistant to the executive director. Matt also was a member of Columbus City Council from 1993 to 2006, serving as Council President from 1999 to 2006. As Council President, Matt governed with civility and humanity. Co-Chair with Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Matt led the 21st Century Growth initiative, a plan designed to balance job creation with sustainable neighborhood development. Other efforts spearheaded by Matt in his role as Council President was the 315 Research Corridor, the City's Indoor Clean Air Act and the City's Bike Path Plan. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from Xavier University, a Masters of Public Policy from The Ohio State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Xavier University. Matt takes an active leadership role in the community, having served on numerous boards including Mount Carmel Health System, Chair; the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, Chair; Health Policy Institute of Ohio; Authentic Leadership in Action in Nova Scotia; and The Ohio State University's Food Innovation Center. Other community involvement includes serving as Co-Chair of the Mount Carmel St. Ann's Capital Campaign, Chair of the Mayor's Search Committee for Police Chief and an Advisory Board Member for OSU Star House – homeless youth drop-in center. Matt also assumes an influential role in the Food Bank industry, leading Feeding America's national initiative to recover an additional one billion pounds a year of fresh produce that does not make it to market. Previously on the Board of Feeding America and Chair of the Central Region, Matt participated in a number of Feeding America Task Forces, including Goal Factor, Fee, Gray Area, the Tailor Member Solutions/Strategic Plan, Collaborating for Clients and the Produce Enterprise Strategy Committee. Matt has received numerous awards, recognizing his commitment and work in serving those most vulnerable. In 2011, Matt was the recipient of Feeding America's most prestigious award, the John van Hengel Fellowship Award. Established in 2002, the award honors John van Hengel, who started the concept of food banking in the late 1960s in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to the scores of other awards given to Matt, he is also the recipient of the 2012 League of Women Voters of Columbus' Democracy in Action Award and the 2010 Corcoran Award for Social Justice. Matt lives in Columbus with his wife Diane, who is a Clinical Assoc. Professor, Medical Dietetics and Associate Director of Education, Center for Integrative Health and Wellness, College of Medicine, The Ohio State University. Matt is the father of Justin and Kristen and the grandfather of Ellie, Jocelyn, Gracie and Nora.

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