Alameda Food Bank has a new director

Alameda Food Bank has a new director

Alamedan Staff
Cindy Houts

Cindy Houts is the new director of the Alameda Food Bank. Photo courtesy of the Alameda Food Bank.

The Alameda Food Bank has a new executive director. Cindy Houts will take the helm after the food bank's current director, Troy Gilbert, leaves on July 4.

Houts, an Alameda resident, joins the food bank after seven years of running Alameda County Meals on Wheels. She has volunteered for the Alameda Food Bank and has been a rider and fundraiser for AIDS/LifeCycle. She has also coordinated volunteers for Rebuilding Together Oakland.

“I know from volunteering at the food bank and my work at Meals on Wheels, how critical feeding people is.” Houts was quoted as saying in a press release issued Monday. “I am honored to be a part of the Alameda Food Bank in its positive and vital work and to help grow its impact.”

Gilbert, who took the food bank's top spot in October 2013, is leaving to fulfill family obligations in Texas.

“I am so sorry to be leaving such a wonderful organization – so well supported by our community, our volunteers, and our board," Gilbert said. "It makes me feel better, however, that I am leaving the food bank in such capable hands.”

The food bank serves one out of every 15 Alameda households, both during the year and at Thanksgiving and Christmas, when it does a turkey drive with the aid of other local organizations. The private nonprofit is run with the aid of two paid staffers and 150 volunteers.