Thirty communities in western Massachusetts have hunger rates that are six times higher than the statewide average.
Andrew Morehouse is Executive Director of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, a position he has held since 2005. As executive director, Andrew is responsible for overseeing the management of the organization, building partnerships with individuals, organizations, businesses, and government entities at all levels, carrying out public education, and working with the Board of Directors to advance the mission of The Food Bank. Prior to joining The Food Bank, Andrew directed Solutions Community Development Corporation in Holyoke, Massachusetts, which he founded in 1995. Previously, he was director of the Greater Holyoke Community Development Corporation and was director of Casa del Pueblo in Washington, DC. Andrew serves on the Board of Directors of Partners for a Healthier Community in Springfield. He is also a member of the Leadership Council of the Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness. Andrew has a Master’s degree in Economics and an MBA, both from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Shirley Del Rio, Director of Food Operations, oversees all food distribution and delivery programs, as well as managing food sourcing and facilities. She has been with The Food Bank since 2001, when she began as an Agency Services Clerk. Prior to that, she worked at UPS in the OSND-Internationals division, managing logistics, supervising staff and package processing. A Springfield native, she graduated from Putnam Vocational Technical School, and has additional training in mediation and is Serve Safe certified.
Christina Maxwell, Director of Programs, oversees all programs including Nutrition, Capacity Building, SNAP Outreach & Enrollment, and Agency Relations. Before coming to The Food Bank, Christina ran a small community-based nonprofit in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and was an international affairs associate at the American Federation of Teachers in Washington, DC. She holds a MA in international education from The George Washington University.
Erin Spaulding, Director of Finance and Administration, oversees all aspects of accounting, cash management, payroll, human resources, and administration. Erin joined The Food Bank in 2007 as Accounting Manager responsible for all bookkeeping, benefits administration and payroll. Previously, Erin was a Staff Accountant with Community Action, and Business Office Supervisor with Eaglebook School. She is a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers.
Richard Watkins, Human Resources Manager, oversees all Human Resources functions, including benefits management, recruitment and selection, employee retention, professional development, employee relations and conflict resolution. Before coming to The Food Bank, Richard was the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at RCAP Solutions in Worcester, Massachusetts an agency that administers housing and homelessness prevention programs for individuals and families, and real estate management for senior, disabled and family housing properties. He is a member of The Society of Human Resources Professionals.