We were saddened to learn that our friend John Arnold passed away yesterday morning after a long battle with cancer.
John was a longtime director of the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, which distributes more than 2 million pounds of food per month to 40 counties in western Michigan. He was instrumental in helping create the Feeding America network of food banks. He firmly believed that nobody should be without food and was a tireless advocate on behalf of those struggling with hunger.
He was an innovator and the first to create a mobile pantry program. He converted a beverage truck to become a produce distribution truck that would take food to people in need rather that brought food to people in need. This program has been adopted by food banks nationwide.
In addition, he firmly believed in "client choice," meaning that instead of receiving a pre-determined food box, people would be able to choose the food they would like to receive and this would help eliminate food waste.
I remember John's infectious passion for helping those in need and his relentless efforts to improve how we did our core business as a network. He was truly a pioneer and he will be missed across our network family of food banks.
I can only imagine that John is in heaven and screaming "Stop writing this blog post and get back to the important work"
Below is a tribute video from our CEO, Vicki Escarra.Tags: Hunger Heroes , Food Bank Network , Michigan , Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank