Russell said she’ll be staying on board with the Cruise for the time being, if not at quite the same level as before. “I couldn’t leave them high and dry,” she said.
However, she’s as committed to God’s Food Pantry as she is excited to head up the local food bank, which provides meals to those in need throughout the year.
“It just seemed like the perfect fir for both myself and God’s Food Pantry,” said Russell. “Their needs are the needs that my skills fit.
“I’ve always been very community-minded,” she added. “I’ve always said it’s important to teach my children to take care of their community ... because you have to leave it for your children when you’re done with it.”
Russell’s marketing background should only help make the community more aware of what God’s Food Pantry offers.
“I have lots and lots of plans in mind for promoting the pantry over the next year — new programs, new fundraising ideas,” she said. “... The Pantry is in a good position and I want to continue to make it even better. I think it’s important to market God’s Food Pantry. I think it’s a lot about networking and people working together. With me getting the word out to them, I think this community will get on board and be even more supportive than it already is.”
Right now, the Pantry is in the midst of a push to get food baskets out to the less fortunate this holiday season, which may be the biggest challenge Russell faces in her new role.
“I’m seeing firsthand exactly how busy the pantry is,” she said. “I realize after the holidays it settles down a bit and I can get into the day-to-day running of it.”