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Feeding America hires Aiken as CEO

Bob Aiken

Bob Aiken

The board of directors of Feeding America, the nation’s largest network of food banks, announced today that it has hired Bob Aiken as its new president and chief executive officer, effective December 5.

Aiken has been the chief executive officer of Bolder Foods, a company founded to invest in specialty, ethnic and natural food companies. Before that, Aiken spent six years with U.S. Foodservice, a food distribution company, where he rose to become president and CEO.

Earlier in his career, Aiken served as chief executive officer of Metz Baking Company, a fresh bread baker serving grocery chains.

From 2011 to 2012, Aiken also served on the board of directors of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, a member of Feeding America.

Feeding America’s core function is to provide food to hungry people, but the organization is also active in lobbying for both government food donations to food banks and for continuation of food stamps and other nutrition programs.

Aiken succeeds Vicki Escarra, who left in August to become CEO of Opportunity International, and Matt Knott, Feeding America's chief operating office, who has been serving as interim CEO.