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Plenary Session

Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope:  The San Antonio Food Bank’s mission to combat food insecurity and promote self-sufficiency



Richard PlumleeDirector of Inventory and Food Safety, San Antonio Food Bank

Serving 16 counties in Southwest Texas, The San Antonio Food Bank, one of over 200 member food banks in the national Feeding America network, is dedicated to fighting hunger on multiple fronts.  From addressing emergent hunger needs via food distributions, to tackling longer term needs with educational initiatives and workforce solutions, to affecting policy change with advocacy and calls to action, the SAFB takes a holistic approach to address the public health emergency that is food insecurity.

Brief Bio- Richard Plumlee has worked at the San Antonio Food Bank for 9 years, with the last 4 as the Director of Inventory and Food Safety.  He is an FDA certified Food Defense Coordinator, holds certifications as a Food Protection Manager, a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) and is a graduate of USDA’s Produce Safety University. He manages an annual inventory of 65 million pounds and oversees the safe receipt, storage and transportation of food distributed to over 58,000 people weekly.  A 2015 highest honors graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, Richard earned bachelor degrees in Sociology and Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology. 

Earlier Event: May 24
FDA Update: Part I
Later Event: May 24
FDA Update: Part II