River Bend Food Bank appoints familiar QC face as its new CEO

A familiar quality control face has been chosen to be the next leader of the River Bend Food Bank (RBFB).

Davenport-based RBFB announced Monday that Nancy Rinx, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, will be the new president and CEO effective October 1, 2022. Rinx previously worked at the food bank as the partnership’s president.

“In Nancy’s tenure as Head of Partnership (CPO) at the Food Bank, she has been a respected member of the leadership team not only internally by staff and the board but externally to the community and region,” said RBFB Chair Janet Mattis. Monday release.

View of the expanded River Bend Food Bank, at 4010 Kimmel Drive in West Davenport.

“When the board started looking for a new CEO and learned that she was returning to the Quad Cities for personal reasons, it seemed like a kismet,” Mattis said. “After consideration of qualifications and completion of the full interview and background check process, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to grant Nancy the position. We are excited about her acceptance and look forward to working with her and the rest of the food bank staff and dedicated volunteers to provide food to anyone who is food insecure.”

River Bend Food Bank and former CEO Mike Miller mutually agreed to separate as of June 1, and the board of directors named Mary Ziegler as interim CEO while the research was in progress.

Rinx (former co-founder and co-owner of The Grape Life in Davenport) worked at Food Bank in a CPO position from 2015 to 2020. Since 2020, she has led Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. As CEO, he works to increase distribution and create new community partnerships during the challenging COVID pandemic.

Prior to working at River Bend Food Bank, Rinx held leadership and development finance positions at Quad Cities Women’s Connection and Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. She and her husband Jim were the previous owners of Grape Life Wine Shop and Lounge.

The River Bend Food Bank is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with a capital drive to expand its West Davenport facility.

“For 40 years. River Bend Food Bank and its partner agencies have worked hand in hand to provide food to hungry people in service areas in 23 counties,” Nancy said at Monday’s release. “With inflation and the cost of living continuing to affect our most vulnerable guests, River Bend’s mission is even more critical to the health of the communities we serve.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to join the team and continue this important work,” she said.

Since June 1, Food Bank Vice Chairman and former Treasurer of Deere & Company, Mary Ziegler, has served as interim CEO and President. She will continue in this role until Rinx takes over in October. “The Food Bank has been in excellent hands with Mary at the helm. She is a proven and respected leader in the community and has prioritized the mission of RBFB and her team during her tenure,” Mattis said.

On behalf of the entire board of directors, I want to thank her for her work. “They have been essential in this transitional time,” Mattis said.

The Food Bank works with more than 400 partner agencies in 23 counties to ensure that people facing hunger have access to healthy food. Led by community-wide efforts to end hunger in eastern Iowa and western Illinois, in 2021, the food bank distributed more than 22 million meals to children, adults, and seniors through food pantries, schools, senior housing, and community organizations.

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