SeaGate Food Bank Inc. is Ohio’s only independent food bank. We started in a garage in 1977 with a strong sense of purpose and direction. SFB has always provided food entirely free of charge to hundreds of pantries and programs. Primary funding comes from corporate friends, organizations and individuals. We pay no dues to any national organization which means 100% of donations stay right here in our community. With a fulltime staff of 11, our administrative cost is only about 1%.
Our founder Alice Mosiniak was the Toledo director for the National Association for Human Development, an organization that trained jobless senior citizens. She quickly learned that most seniors didn’t know where their next meal would come from.
Driven by compassion and determination, she enlisted the help of local officials and business leaders and started distributing food out of her West Toledo garage. By 1980, SeaGate Food Bank was Toledo’s first regional food collection and distribution center.
Who We Help
SeaGate Food Bank distributes food to over 400 pantries and programs that serve individuals. Our Senior Program delivers over 5,600 senior food supplements each month and we provide food support to over 1,100 Veterans’ families. We are 100% local with only ten full-time staff, but hundreds of dedicated volunteers and sponsors who share our commitment to eradicate hunger.
Our experienced staff also assists seniors and their families in applying for the USDA-funded Commodity Supplemental Food Program for those 60 and over. We also assist individuals and families in applying for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), federally funded and administered by the State of Ohio.
SeaGate Food Bank Staff
DEBORAH VAS, Executive Director
MINDY RAPP, Director of Operations and Programs
CHERI DENNIS, Director of Community Engagement
HARRY DAVIS, Director of Logistics
DOLORES REYES, Distribution Coordinator
GARY BRAUN, Warehouse Operations
JEFF ALLISON, Warehouse Operations
MARY OVERMEYER, CSFP Coordinator
NICOLE SCHULTZ, CSFP Warehouse Manager
PATRICIA ALLISON, Administrative Assistant
RICK LYNN, Administrative Assistant
Board of Directors
Board members serve a 3-year term. The SeaGate Food Bank Board meets quarterly in the Food Bank conference room.
KRISTA KIESSLING, President**
ROCKY NEWBOLD, Vice President**
JOHN P. MCCARTHY, Secretary
NABIL SHAHEEN, Treasurer **
** Members of the Executive Compensation Committee. This committee acts on the independent review of the Executive Director’s compensation each year and makes recommendations. It should be stated that the CEO’s salary has consistently been at least 50% below industry benchmarks.
We are pleased to recognize these leading companies and generous benefactors who help us continue our mission to eliminate hunger in our regional community.
Special Project Donors
We thank these organizations for helping fund specific projects and programs which help us provide food for those in need.