Director of Operations Kerry Sotelo took the helm at Gods Portion this week.
Richard Norton has announced his retirement as director of Centralia-based nonprofit God’s Portion, an organization that supplies local food banks and nonprofits with fresh produce direct from growers and other food. Kerry Sotelo has been named the new director with the title director of operations.
“We are so grateful to Richard Norton for his leadership, vision and dedication to this organization over his years of service,” God’s Portion founder Dale Richardson said. “Under Richard’s leadership, we grew significantly and solidified and systemized our operations, allowing us to be even better stewards of our resources and serve more organizations who are feeding hungry families.”
According to Richardson, God’s Portion has more than doubled in annual donations since Richard Norton began serving as director, and the amount of food distributed to local food banks, nonprofits, soup kitchens and other organizations has more than tripled, with nearly 200,000 pounds of fresh produce, bread, chips, and other food passing through the nonprofit monthly.
Kerry Sotelo takes the helm with several years of experience serving as operations and warehouse manager for God’s Portion.
“Richard gave us a great foundation and I am truly excited to build upon it and take this organization to new heights,” Sotelo said. “Our goals are to expand our volunteer engagement, increase our donations and funding, and reach out to more food banks and nonprofits we can supply with healthy food,” she continued.
“We are proud that there are thousands of families and children in Lewis, Thurston, Pierce, Grays Harbor and other counties who have access to veggies and fruit because we work to supply local food banks,” Sotelo finishes. “We welcome volunteers and donations, and look forward to expanding our community presence.”