The Emergency Food Network is run by a board of directors made up of 18 to 20 people. The Board is a hands-on, working board comprising five officers (chair, first vice chair, second vice chair, secretary, and treasurer) and 10 operating chairs (bagger, distribution, driver, food, food drives, milk, office, records, special projects, and ways and means/PR). In addition, we have up to six members at large, one of whom is a dietitian.
The Board meets quarterly, in March, June, September, and December. Its fiscal year end is February 28th.
The Board has a six-member executive committee that meets to conduct business as necessary between Board meetings for the effective operation of the EFN. Made up of the five officers plus an operating chair, usually the ways and means/PR chair, it has decision-making authority.
From its inception until 2011–12, the EFN was entirely volunteer run, with no paid staff. In the spring of 2011, we hired a part-time office manager. This position has helped centralize our operations and made us more efficient. It also eases the work burden on certain officer positions, making it easier to recruit new volunteers to our Board.