New Members Appointed to Board of Directors for Feed the Children

Amy Thompson with Mattel, Inc. and Mark Garrett with Smithfield Foods to begin actively serving with global nonprofit

Oklahoma City, – Feed the Children has announced the addition of two business-savvy executives to its board of directors. Amy Thompson and Mark Garrett will join the global nonprofit’s board, lending valuable experience and insight in the areas of for-profit organizational development, safety, food manufacturing and logistics.

Thompson is the Chief People Officer at Mattel, Inc. She previously served as the Chief People Officer at TOMS Shoes, LLC, and as the Vice President of Partner Resources at Starbucks Coffee Company. She is an executive leader with proven experience across a broad spectrum of Human Resources functions. She is a highly effective coach who influences positive change.

Garrett currently serves as the Chief People Officer of Smithfield Foods. He previously served as the Chief Business Officer for the School District of Kansas City and as a Plant Manager at Hallmark Cards, Inc. He is a creative and results-driven executive with more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing, human resources, safety and logistics.

“Both Amy and Mark have a strong business acumen. They are outstanding additions to our board,” said Travis Arnold, president and chief executive officer, Feed the Children. “As we continue our work to create a world where no child goes to bed hungry, it will take the leadership and vision of forward-thinking individuals like Mark and Amy to help make it possible.”

Feed the Children works at home in Oklahoma, across the U.S. and around the world to defeat childhood hunger.

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.

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