Oklahoma City, OKLA., – J.C. Watts, Jr. and Feed the Children are announcing that Mr. Watts will no longer be serving as president and CEO. In his leadership of Feed the Children, it was evident that J.C. genuinely cares for the needs of the people in Oklahoma and around the world.
Mr. Watts plans to devote his time and talent to other interests and pursuits. During his tenure, Mr. Watts advanced the mission of Feed the Children, a mission he continues to support. Feed the Children wishes him the best in all of his future endeavors.
It is the responsibility of the Feed the Children Board of Directors to conduct a search and manage the selection of his replacement. In the meantime, our board has asked Travis Arnold, chief operations officer, to take on the additional responsibilities of interim CEO until they have identified an effective candidate who will help lead Feed the Children in the delivery of our mission of providing hope and resources for those without life’s essentials.
About Feed the Children
Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat childhood hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education initiatives, essentials and disaster response. It operates five distribution centers located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.
In fiscal year 2017, Feed the Children distributed 79.8 million pounds of food and essentials to children and families in the U.S. Internationally, it provided nutritious food or other benefits to 1,080,000 children, empowered 291,000 parents to make better decisions for their children, and positively impacted more than 1,200 communities and schools in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.
Visit feedthechildren.org for more information.