Keith Bergthgold Fresno Metro Ministry's Food to Share Program

When: Thursday, Dec 14, 2017, 12:15PM - 1:30PM

5080 North Blackstone Avenue, Fresno, CA 93711

Food to Share is program of Fresno Metro Ministry

125,000 Fresno residents suffer from food hardship on a weekly basis. These nutritional deficits negatively impact us all — from soaring healthcare costs to low student educational achievement, to poor prospects for a skilled workforce needed for a thriving future economy. Our region also sends significant amounts of food to landfills that decay, releasing harmful methane as air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. To change these outcomes, Food to Share is using food as a pathway to transformation for community health and resilience by reducing food waste, alleviating food insecurity, and increasing healthy food distribution, nutrition education, cooking skills, and local consumption where it can make a significant difference for us all. We are now recovering hundreds of thousands of pounds of nutritious foods for families in need and are on our way to saving millions of pounds with your help!

About Keith Bergthold

Keith Bergthold has been the Executive Director at Fresno Metro Ministry since February 2014. Prior to joining Metro, Keith spent the previous seven years as the City of Fresno’s Assistant Director of Planning, leading the team developing the Fresno 2035 General Plan Update. Concurrent with his City and Fresno Metro Ministry employment, Keith serves as the volunteer CEO of the Regenerate California Innovation (RCI), a San Joaquin Valley nonprofit involved in its 14th year of a workforce development partnership with the Fresno, Madera, Tulare, and Kings Counties Central Labor Council, and ProPath, Inc., a private company specializing in workforce and employment preparation services. Keith has completed master’s graduate work programs in Urban and Regional Planning (CSUF) and Organizational Development (California School of Professional Psychology), and has been married to the exceptional talented and very patient Debbie Pierini Bergthold for 43 years. Keith and Debbie now cherish any time they can get with their first (and only so far) one-year old grandson, Ivan Arthur Bergthold. 

Chanel Ruiz-Mendez has been with Fresno Metro Ministry for 7 years and currently serves as Deputy Director. Chanel is an integral part of Metro’s leadership team, working closely with the Executive Director and Fiscal & Operation Manager to oversee day-to-day operations and organizational development. She also serves in a programmatic capacity, overseeing the Food to Share Food Recovery and Distribution project and working closely with all staff members on branding and communication, outreach, event coordination and project management. Chanel holds a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Mass Communications & Journalism from California State University, Fresno and has extensive experience in public relations, multicultural marketing/community outreach, media relations and campaign management. Above all, Chanel and her husband of 10 years, Jason, are the proud parents of an amazing 3 ½ years old (going on 13) daughter…Frankie!

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