Ruth Anne Callaham to retire as Food Resources executive director

Washington County commissioner has held post at nonprofit for eight years

June 03, 2011
  • Ruth Anne Callaham
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HAGERSTOWN — County Commissioner Ruth Anne Callaham will retire as executive director of Food Resources Inc. at the end of June, the organization announced Friday in a news release.

Callaham has held the executive director post for eight years. She was sworn in on Dec. 7, 2010, as a member of the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

During her time with Food Resources, Callaham was instrumental in developing numerous programs that led to the organization increasing the quantity and quality of food made available to the community, Dan Greenwald, president of the board of trustees, said in the emailed release.

Most notable was the increase in the nutritional quality of food from less than 10 percent produce in 2003 to more than 25 percent produce at the end of this fiscal year, Greenwald said.

"I believe in my time at Food Resources, I have accomplished what I set out to do," Callaham said in the release. "The numerous programs implemented, including the Membership Club and the Mobile Pantry, continue (to) meet the needs of the community.

"As I have recently taken on other responsibilities, including election to the county commissioners, I feel it is time for someone new to grab the reins, keep the organization moving forward and carry on the mission of FRI," she said.

Based on her experience at Food Resources, Callaham said she "can be an advocate on a larger scale to ensure those in need of nutritious meals will be served."

"The increased amount of food going out the door and overall efficiencies of how the organization has achieved this goal is a testament to Ruth Anne's commitment of time and energy," Greenwald said in the release.

"She has been an extraordinary advocate for those in need and will be greatly missed by all who have worked with her."

A search for a new executive director will begin soon, Greenwald said.

Food Resources, a 501 ( C ) 3 nonprofit organization, operates out of a 12,000-square-foot facility at 200 McRand Court in Hagerstown.

Serving over 1,000 families per month, Food Resources works closely with the Maryland Food Bank, Feeding America and is a member agency of the United Way of Washington County.

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