Let's take a moment to get to know Board Member Dave Sumnicht, his areas of expertise, and what brought him to FFEN!
What was your background before FFEN? How does it relate to your role on the board? I am retired now, but I had several businesses before retirement and they gave me a wide range of experience. I started in banking. Did you have any involvement with hunger relief efforts prior to FFEN? Marty Chorzempa introduced me to Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP) some 40 years ago when I worked at the Richfield Bank and Trust. VEAP was in the basement of the Richfield Community Center then and I developed some marketing materials for them. In 2010 I was asked to serve on the board of VEAP and during that time they moved to their current location. As a board member with some technology skills, I helped them install their computer network for the new location. I continue to volunteer at VEAP today in addition to my involvement at FFEN.
Can you say a little about what drew you to this cause and why it’s
important to you? When I finished my term with VEAP, I was introduced to FFEN. Their commitment
to helping shelves and pantries throughout Minnesota is what attracted me to a
position on their board. I have been able to help a few shelves with their needs in
technology and this is what keeps me involved.
Do you have any particular stories or moments from your work that you
would like to share with readers? Something that illustrates the meaning and importance of the work or how you engage with FFEN’s mission? One shelf was looking for new computers but FFEN recognized that they needed
help with their technology. We established a volunteer committee to guide them. At
the time, they didn’t need new computers--but expertise. This moved $6,000 into
their annual food budget.