After losing its executive director when Bob White unexpectedly passed away Feb. 21, the board of directors had to begin looking for a new leader.

Share the Harvest Food Pantry is looking for a special person.

After losing its executive director when Bob White unexpectedly passed away Feb. 21, the board of directors had to begin looking for a new leader.

It’s been no easy task, finding someone to lead this special organization. And there are certainly big shoes to fill. Bob White was active in many civic organizations, helping local youth in addition to his work with the pantry.

While Camden County had a median household income between $45,808 and $55,774 in 2015, just under the U.S. median, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the poverty rate of those living in Camden County population was in a range of 14.7 to 19.5 percent.

The largest pantry in the lake area, located in the Greenview area of Camden County, Share the Harvest feeds approximately 3,000 people per month or 1,000 families, according to board member Wayne Marlow, all of whom qualify for service under government poverty guidelines.

“This is a jewel of the community and we need to keep it going. We need to find the right person,” said Marlow.

Share the Harvest Food Pantry and Thrift Store was established as a pantry in 2005, feeding 100 families in the first month. The current 13,000-square-foot facility opened in 2011.

While the pantry receives about half of its food from The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, the rest comes from the community. Share the Harvest also maintains gardens and works with local farmers’ markets to provide as much fresh vegetables and fruit as possible.

But the board is not just looking for someone with pantry experience.

“We have good managers who run the day-to-day of the pantry. This is a fundraising position as well as management of volunteers,” said Marlow.

The executive director also helps the board plan overall strategy for the pantry to advance its mission and objectives to help this need in the community.

Perhaps someone recently retired with management skills looking for something to do, a way to give back, said Marlow.

“We really want to attract that hidden gem who lives on the Westside - semi-retired or retired - maybe not even looking for a job but wanting to do something.”

Experience or a degree in business, communications or human relations as well as proven leadership abilities, strong interpersonal and public speaking skills, working knowledge of budget controls and accounting are just some of the things the board is looking for. In addition to overseeing community food drives, the director would oversee grant proposal writing and other fundraising activities.

For the full job description, go to sharetheharvestfoodpantry.org and consider whether you’re the special person the pantry board is looking for to help them fulfill the needs of the community. The website has information on where to send resumes.