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(GENEVA, Ill., March 14, 2019) – Jewel-Osco President Paul Gossett and Epsilon President of Automotive Services Cathy Lang have been named to the board of directors of Northern Illinois Food Bank.
“With the addition of Paul and Cathy to our board, we add the support and insight of two tremendous resources in our community to help further the Food Bank’s mission,” said Julie Yurko, president and CEO of the Northern Illinois Food Bank. “Both Cathy and Paul have been dedicated to solving hunger for many years, and we are grateful and excited for them to take on these new roles.”
Paul Gossett was named president of Jewel-Osco in July 2018. Operating 188 stores in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa, Jewel-Osco is a long-time supporter of Northern Illinois Food Bank, and is the Food Bank’s largest food donor. Annually, the company supports a number of Food Bank programs and special events, including the Holiday Meal Box Program kickoff, and is the lead sponsor for the Food Bank’s premiere annual fundraiser, A Taste That Matters. Paul has previously served partner organizations, including Greater Boston Food Bank and the Massachusetts Food Association.
Cathy Lang is president of the automotive practice at Epsilon, providing data-driven insights into direct marketing for her portfolio of clients. She was introduced to the Food Bank by former board member Bob Wasserman. Since 2016, she has directed more than $600,000 in gifts from Epsilon and Alliance Data to the Food Bank, and the organization’s Bulk Repack Room was rededicated as the Epsilon Bulk Repack Room in June 2018.
Board members for Northern Illinois Food Bank serve three-year terms, and provide strategic counsel on the Food Bank’s mission to the Organizational Strategy Team.
Northern Illinois Food Bank leads the Northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships. Since 1983, food manufacturers, local grocers, corporations, foundations, and individuals have come together to donate food and funds, and evaluate and repack food for distribution to more than 900 community food pantries and feeding programs serving more than half a million hungry neighbors annually across 13 counties. That commitment provided 66 million meals to those in need in FY18. Find out how you can Volunteer, Donate and Get Involved at www.SolveHungerToday.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Northern Illinois Food Bank is a member of Feeding America.