ELMIRA, N.Y. — Natasha Thompson, president and CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, will step down March 17 to become the new president and CEO of WSKG, the PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) and NPR (National Public Radio) member station in Binghamton.
The Food Bank board of directors and Catholic Charities are working together on a transition plan as the external search for a full-time replacement is underway, the Food Bank said in its Friday announcement.
“Natasha is a respected leader and is well-known for her vision, compassion, and drive to end hunger in our communities,” Joe Thomas, chair of the Food Bank’s board of directors, said in a statement. “During her tenure, she has developed an extremely strong leadership team with the same passion and fire that she brought to the role every day. And, while we will miss her, we wish Natasha well in her next chapter.”
Under Thompson’s leadership, the organization was named Food Bank of the Year in 2017 by Feeding America, the nation’s food banking network.
Thompson also led the Food Bank of the Southern Tier through a successful $5.75 million capital campaign that helped grow the organization’s operations and services across the region. The Food Bank distributes nearly 13 million pounds of food annually across a six-county region through a network of 160 partner agencies. They include food pantries, meal programs, and direct-service programs like the Mobile Food Pantry.