God’s Food Pantry, a local charity organization in downtown Somerset, announced yesterday local businessman Jack Keeney has been selected as the new executive director.
After being selected as the interim director and working at the pantry since mid June, Keeney applied for the position permanently.
“This place grows on you, and it touched me right in the heart after working here only a few days,” Keeney stated through a press release to the Commonwealth Journal. “I love the mission of helping others, especially those in our community who have fallen on hard times.”
Verlan Owens, chair of the board of directors for the pantry, said Keeney was a welcome applicant, given his previous experience as the former executive director of the Somerset-Pulaski Chamber of Commerce.
“We are glad to have a permanent director on the board, and are pleased we have a person with Jack’s experience,” Owens said.
Keeney said he believes in the mission of God’s Food Pantry, and with the help of the board, employees and volunteers giving time to the pantry, they can make the organization all they want it to be.
The pantry is a collective organization made up of churches, businesses and individuals who donate time, supplies and money. The pantry distributes food to local members of the community affected by hard times.