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IPM Food Pantry Announces Melissa Meyer as President and CEO

CINCINNATI, JUNE 6, 2024 —IPM Food Pantry has appointed Melissa Meyer to serve as its new President and CEO, effective July 1, 2024. For 60 years, IPM has provided food relief to neighbors in eastern Cincinnati and adjacent communities, striving to create a thriving, food-secure region for everyone.

With over 30 years of dedicated service in nonprofit, government and health care sectors, Melissa is a highly respected professional known for driving organizational growth, fostering inclusive environments and championing social equity. As a former nurse, Melissa brings a public health perspective to creating innovative solutions in the nonprofit sector. She most recently served as the Executive Director of Churches Active in Northside (CAIN), overseeing the strategic direction and operations of its food pantry, community hub and anti-poverty advocacy.

“Melissa brings a wealth of experience in nonprofits, particularly in Clermont and southwestern Ohio counties, and has faithfully served these communities for years,” said Kelly Holden, IPM Board Chair. “Melissa is an empathetic leader who has experience in the food pantry sphere. IPM’s Board very much looks forward to the future under Melissa’s leadership to continue to serve our neighbors in need.”

Melissa’s leadership appointment comes just months after a successful comprehensive campaign, which secured IPM’s new permanent home in Clermont County. This community initiative provided the opportunity for IPM to expand its footprint, create greater efficiencies and reach further and feed more throughout our region. Since opening the new pantry and distribution center last October, IPM has responded to increased need with a 69 percent growth in visits by households.

“There is nothing more human or fundamental than feeding people,” said Melissa. “IPM is already doing phenomenal work in the community, and it is an honor to expand on that work in the same community I’ve lived in nearly all of my life.”

Current IPM President and CEO Alida Hart, who announced her retirement earlier this year, will assist in providing a successful transition. “I am delighted with the Board’s decision,” she said. “I know Melissa will bring her food pantry expertise and personal passion for community service to IPM, ensuring that we will continue to reach further and feed more families struggling with food insecurity.”

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Strategic Organizational Leadership from Wilmington College and a Licensed Practical Nurse degree from the Cincinnati School of Practical Nursing. A Clermont County resident, Melissa and her wife Amy live in Amelia. Together they have one son, who lives in Maine.

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About IPM Food Pantry

 

IPM Food Pantry, founded 60 years ago to create a thriving, food-secure community, is building upon its legacy to Reach Further and Feed More neighbors in need. In 2023 we distributed 1.3 million pounds of food via Drive-Through, Choice, Mobile and Pop-Up Pantries and Food Resource Hub agencies and schools throughout IPM’s southwestern Ohio service area.

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