Food Security of America recently elected Trish Hildebrand as its new board chair. Trish has an MBA from James Madison University and has held various roles in sales, marketing and consulting, most recently with ExcelPay Business Solutions. She is an avid community volunteer and has held numerous leadership positions at Whitefield Academy, Cochise Riverview Club and her church. Trish is married to Tynes, and has two adult children, Brent and Cara Grace.
Up to 25% of Americans are in need of nutritionally adequate food causing stress, embarrassment and social isolation. Food Security for America creates transformative communities for people who need healthy food and connection with their neighbors by operating Friends and Neighbors Networks throughout the United States. Members get nutritious food, learn about healthy cooking and lifestyles, and form deep relationships which increase self-confidence and the opportunity for self-sufficiency.
“It was like a family reunion,” said Dr. Beverley Dimitrius. On Saturday, June 18 Friends and Neighbors Network steering committees from six non-profit organizations and churches gathered at the Atlanta Community Food Bank for a brunch, served by board members, and a presentation by Dr. Beverley Demetrius on leadership. Friends and Neighbors Networks are low-income food co-ops which provide much needed food plus the opportunity to develop empowering relationships in the participants’ communities. Friends and Neighbors Networks are in the five metro-Atlanta counties, as well as Augusta and Columbus, Georgia.
Dr. Demetruis, an Associate Professor of Nutrition at Life University, previously served as Nutrition Services Director for the Cobb and Douglas Counties’ Health Departments. A native of Jamaica, she earned her undergraduate degree in nutrition from Rutgers University, her masters at New York University, and her doctorate in Health Care education at Nova Southeastern University. She and her students have had a multi-year relationship with Food Security for America and Walton Communities offering interactive nutrition education sessions with the residents.
Dr. Demetrius used Christ as the model of the ideal leader in discussing critical leadership traits.
- True leaders perform and are known by their actions instead of their words. People are always watching to get a sense of the leader’s character.
- Leaders acknowledge people who support them, which is encouraging to the people who look up to them.
- Leaders add to their skill set and are always learning.
- Leaders spend time regularly in solitude, devotion and meditation looking to the Holy Spirit for guidance.
- Leaders give their time and money to leave an everlasting legacy.
Cliff Richards, Decatur Cooperative Ministry, then led break out groups so that participants could apply what they learned and network to problem solve. The steering committee brunch is held annually.
Pictured left to right: Dr. Beverley Demetrius, FSA Board Member; Lesa Bell, FSA Board Member; Nancy Yarnell, FSA Executive Director; Theresa Dillard, Walton Reserve Steering Committee member; and Trish Hildebrand, FSA Board Member
Food Security of America held a dinner at the Buckhead home of Jeanmarie and Alan Quarterman on February 24, 2016 to raise funds for its Friends and Neighbors Networks (FANNs). A program graduate, Jean Aaron, shared her success story and held a question and answer session which highlighted FSA’a role in providing food and a valuable sense of community to low-income families.
“I didn’t want to take the easy way out and apply for food stamps or go to food pantries. Joining the FANN was the missing piece that let me provide for my daughter and special needs grandson. All the FANN members take ownership of the program. We’re like a Sunday School class,” recalled Ms. Aaron.
Food Security for America operates FANNs throughout Georgia for the purpose of providing food and fresh produce in a bi-weekly format where educational opportunities, nutrition information, and financial tools are all shared in a supportive community which increases self-empowerment.