Executive Director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
Kay joined Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina as Executive Director in January of 2004. Second Harvest is responsible for providing food to almost 600 non-profit agencies serving the hungry in a 19 county region of North and South Carolina. These agencies include emergency pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, low income daycares, group homes and senior programs.
In the nine years since Kay joined the Food Bank, the total pounds of food distributed have increased from 7 million pounds annually to over 40 million pounds annually. The pounds of food provided per person in poverty during this time period have increased by 250%. One of the major goals of Second Harvest is to eliminate childhood hunger in the Metrolina Region. In the past 7 years, hunger programs devoted to serving children have increased by 731%.
Second Harvest is the second largest nonprofit agency in the area of health and human services in the Charlotte region with annual revenues including food donations of over 70 million dollars.
Prior to joining Second Harvest, Kay served as the Director of the York County Department of Social Services for seven years and as a City Manager for ten years. Kay holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Winthrop University and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of South Carolina.