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New CEO of SEMO Food Bank Announced
Sikeston, MO (February 21, 2019)–Gary Elders, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Southeast Missouri Food Bank, recently announced that Joseph Keys, Chief Advancement Officer of SEMO Food Bank, will succeed Karen Green as Chief Executive Officer upon her retirement.

The announcement was made at a luncheon attended by the Board of Directors and Staff. Gary Elders, Chairman of the Board, made the announcement welcoming Joey and said, “We are moving on to more great years to come and working together to make that happen.” Keys will become CEO effective March 1 with Green staying for a time as a consultant.

“I want to thank Karen for the solid foundation built under her leadership. I have learned much from the Staff and Board over the past year as CAO and look forward to continued learning and growing together,” Keys told the group.

Keys brings a degree in Mass Communications and Marketing Management from Southeast Missouri State University. Previous employment includes Regional Director of the local Better Business Bureau and over seven years in county government administration.

“I am confident that SEMO Food Bank is in excellent hands with the appointment of Joey as CEO,” said Green. “Under his leadership, the Food Bank will continue to bring hunger relief to Southeast Missourians for years to come.”

For more information, please visit the SEMO Food Bank website:

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About Southeast Missouri Food Bank
Founded in 1985, in Sikeston, MO (formerly the Bootheel Food Bank), Southeast Missouri Food Bank provides food to charitable and disaster relief programs in Southeast Missouri. Southeast Missouri Food Bank is affiliated with Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest), the nation’s food bank network. Over 180 nonprofit hunger relief agencies in sixteen counties of Southeast Missouri benefit from the Southeast Missouri Food Bank. These counties include Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Ste. Genevieve, Stoddard, and Wayne. Member agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters for the abused and homeless, senior citizen programs, low-income children’s programs, and non-profit rehabilitation facilities. The mission of Southeast Missouri Food Bank is to end hunger and leverage the power of food to build a healthy community. Those interested in helping can do so by making a tax-deductible contribution, donating food or scheduling a time to volunteer. Visit for more information.
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