The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri gets new regional coordinator

Susan Dublin, regional coordinator for Adair, Schuyler, Putnam, Sullivan, Linn and Macon counties

A regional food bank for the Central and Northeast Missouri area has a new coordinator.

The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri has hired Susan Dublin as its regional coordinator for Adair, Schuyler, Putnam, Sullivan, Linn and Macon counties.

A Kirksville native who returned following a career as an executive with Marriott Hotels and Resorts in Denver, New Orleans and Chicago, Dublin will serve as liaison between The Food Bank and its 26 partnering agencies in the area. She succeeds Mike DeSantis, who is departing The Food Bank in May.

Dublin passionately believes in feeding hungry people and has been one of northeast Missouriâ??s finest volunteers, whether working on Kirkvilleâ??s Advisory Council with other area leaders or helping out at day-long food drives at Walmart or Hy-Vee. Her organization and communication skills, combined with the fact that she resides in the center of her service area, make an unbeatable combination to advance The Food Bankâ??s mission of feeding hungry northeast Missourians.

â??Iâ??m excited to be working in my hometown for The Food Bank, and look forward to helping people throughout northeast Missouri,â?? Dublin told KTVO recently.

Dublin lists volunteering as her principal hobby, working for a wide range of causes and organizations including schools, church and the arts. She and husband, Todd, have two children; Ellie, a senior at Kirksville High, and Wil, a seventh grader at Kirksville Middle School.

Through local partner-agencies, The Food Bank helps over 105,000 people each month in a 32-county service area. Among these are 1,900 people in Adair County through the Salvation Army, Christian Community Food Depot and the Food Bankâ??s Mobile Pantry at Hamilton Baptist Church.

In her region, The Food Bank provides free food for distribution by 14 partnering agencies and offers Buddy Packs â?? weekend rescue food for at-risk elementary and middle school students â?? in a dozen area school districts.

She invites citizens or groups interested in helping The Food Bank fight hunger in the region to contact her at 1-800-764-3663.