Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central has announced that President and CEO Tim Kean will retire effective at the end of the year in December of 2021, after leading the organization for the past 9 years.
“I consider it an honor and a privilege to have been part of this organization for the last 16 years. Second Harvest is well positioned for a strong future. We are in sound fiscal condition and have a great team assembled to move this organization forward into the new decade and beyond. Our strengths have always been in our effective programmatic focus to positively impact all the communities we serve. New leadership will leverage new opportunities and forge new relationships that will continue to add to the solid foundation that has been built. I am extremely grateful to all of our team members and the Board of Directors for my opportunity to serve in this important mission.” – Tim Kean, President & CEO
Under Mr. Kean’s leadership, Second Harvest has launched a number of new initiatives and partnerships to complement the groups’ core mission of addressing food insecurity. These include an extensive rebranding to better define and communicate the organizations’ outreach, joining the National Diaper Bank Network to become a resource for families with young children, joining the Alliance for Period Supplies to help reduce educational barriers struggling families may face by providing access to period supplies for schools and families, a merger with Teamwork for Quality Living to address poverty alleviation, and creation of the Big Idea initiative to help foster relationship building between schools and parents.
Also, in 2020, during the pandemic, Mr. Kean successfully led Second Harvest to quickly adapt to address the pandemic. SHFB was able to dramatically increase food distribution to serve the 8-county footprint of the organization, distributing over 14,800,000 pounds of food to individuals, families, seniors and children, the highest total ever in the 38-year history of SHFB.
“We would like to wish Tim continued success in his retirement and thank him for his tremendous service to the organization over the past 16 years. Second Harvest is solidly positioned both fiscally and programmatically to serve our communities. We are pleased that our growing impact & awareness are at an all-time high and our team is talented and engaged. Tim’s influence and steady hand have positioned Second Harvest well for his successor and the communities we serve.” – Jack Basler, Board Chair
Mr. Kean has been a longtime fixture in the Muncie and Anderson communities. Prior to joining Second Harvest in 2005, Mr. Kean was in the retail grocery business for 30 years with Pay Less Super Markets and Kroger where he served in a number of management positions.
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