There's no question that the Bar Harbor Food Pantry's loss is the Good Shepherd Food Pantry's gain, as Executive Director Jenny Jones has submitted her resignation to become the Community Resource Representative for Northern and Eastern Maine.

According to information forwarded to WDEA, Jones has been at the Bar Harbor Food Pantry for 5 years. “It’s hard to imagine the Bar Harbor Food Pantry without Jenny at the lead, says Alison Beane, Chair of the Bar Harbor Food Pantry's Board of Directors, but she has set the organization up for a smooth and successful transition. We owe a lot of our capacity building success to her leadership, dedication and innovative thinking”.

During her time at the Bar Harbor Food Pantry Jenny grew the organization's visibility in the community through expanding social media presence, grant opportunities, news articles and collaborations with other organizations and businesses. She launched new distribution programs such as Fresh Food Fridays and a satellite produce distribution in partnership with Trenton Elementary. “She guided the substantial growth of the board, helping us grow a foundation of knowledge on the roots of hunger that enabled us to make informed decisions”, says Chad Kessel, Secretary of the Bar Harbor Food Pantry's Board of Directors. The board will certainly miss her passion and dedication, but her legacy will continue on through the spirit of the organization.

“There are many parts of this job I will miss deeply. It has been such a pleasure to work so closely with this amazing community” states Jones. The Bar Harbor Food Pantry has grown to be a mighty force in confronting hunger and in our community more generally. My role in making this happen has been possible because of our dedicated staff, active volunteers, informed board of directors and our caring and supportive community. All these factors have helped shape the success of the work the Bar Harbor Food Panty has been able to accomplish in these 5 years. I want to thank everyone for letting me be such an integral part of this community through this role, I will miss serving all of you in such a direct way, says Jones.

The Board of Directors has begun their search for a new Executive Director. You can find out more about the job opportunity by visiting their website at www.barharborfoodpantry.org or emailing Alison@bhfp.org