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Rolling Harvest Food Rescue founder retires; new executive director named


Rolling Harvest Food Rescue, a Bucks County nonprofit that connects local farmers with people in need, has announced personnel changes and additions.

Cathy Snyder, founder and executive director of the organization for the last 13 years, retired effective Jan. 1 of this year.

Snyder founded Rolling Harvest in 2010, after volunteering at a local food pantry and noticing the lack of fresh fruit and vegetables available. She approached local farmers and began “gleaning” surplus, unharvested produce from their fields to supply it to food pantries. Since inception, Rolling Harvest has provided over 4 million pounds of fresh local produce to over 80 food pantries, soup kitchens, and other human service organizations in Bucks, Hunterdon, Mercer, and Montgomery counties.

Of her time at Rolling Harvest, Snyder said, “My passion for the work we do has not diminished. And, aside from bringing my two beautiful, amazing children into this world, leading this organization has been the greatest honor of my life.” Snyder said she will continue to serve the organization as a senior advisor and honorary board member.

Snyder is being replaced by Elyse Yerrapathruni who previously worked for New Jersey Farmers Against Hunger. “Her years of relevant experience and passion leading that organization make her well qualified to lead Rolling Harvest,” says Snyder of her successor. “I’m confident that she will lead with a wonderful combination of heart, compassion, and thoughtful strategy.”

Other changes to the organization include the addition of new board and advisory board members. Stacy Denton, director of TRIO Upward Bound at Mercer County Community College has joined the Rolling Harvest Board of Directors. Tim Philpot, recently retired from United Way of Bucks County has joined the organization’s advisory board.

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