God’s Pantry CEO leaves to start a consulting business

Marian Guinn is leaving God’s Pantry Food Bank after 19 years.
Marian Guinn is leaving God’s Pantry Food Bank after 19 years. Herald-Leader

Marian Guinn, the longtime CEO of God’s Pantry Food Bank, will leave the organization Aug. 24.

She is leaving to create a company, MG Coaching & Consulting, that will offer a variety of services to develop and strengthen nonprofits, small businesses and their leaders, according to a news release from God’s Pantry.

“For 19 years, Marian has approached every day and every task at God’s Pantry Food Bank with a servant’s heart and a coach’s zeal,” said Harvie Wilkinson, president of God’s Pantry’s board of directors.

“Marian has earned the respect of her peers in the community, the state and across the country. She will be missed, but she is leaving the organization in a strong position, both fiscally and programmatically.”

Guinn joined God’s Pantry Food Bank as executive director in 1997. At the time, the organization was distributing 5 million pounds of food to partner agencies in 48 counties. In fiscal 2016, the food bank distributed 29.9 million pounds of food and groceries in its 50-county service area.

The board’s executive committee will hire a search firm to conduct a national search for the next CEO, and an interim CEO will be named soon, the news release said.