Healthcare professionals join the fight against food insecurity
Ogles and Brookshire lend their passion and expertise to serve the mission of a local food rescue organization.
GREENVILLE, SC (Nov. 1, 2021)— Loaves & Fishes Greenville (L&F) announced the appointment of Carmen Ogles and Blake Brookshire, PT, DPT, to its Board of Directors. The new members will lend their professional experience and deep community connections to help the organization in its mission to minimize food waste and maximize healthy food access in Greenville County.
Carmen Ogles brings expertise in grass roots community leadership with a focus on addressing community health needs and patient advocacy. Currently serving as the Community Faith Coordinator for the Bon Secours Mercy Health System, she excels in forming relationships with community leaders, facilitating strategic partnerships, and furthering diverse neighborhoods’ goals around improved health and educational opportunities. Ogles is a native Spanish speaker and bilingual English speaker and plans to assist Loaves & Fishes in its efforts to improve services to agencies serving Spanish-speaking populations.
Ogles, who works directly in the City View and Sterling communities where Loaves & Fishes delivers food weekly, stated “I am happy to be a part of an organization that serves the community in this way. It is much-needed.”
Blake Brookshire, PT, DPT, also brings an impressive set of skills to the organization. Her professional background is in the medical field, having received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has over 20 years of community, nonprofit and ministerial service and will lend her experience with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives as part of the Board’s Race, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.
“I am humbled and excited to be working with an organization that is based on action and equity – getting food that would otherwise be wasted to those in need,” remarked Brookshire. “It is a feat of operational and environmental excellence, and I am thankful to be a part of it.”
ABOUT: Loaves & Fishes is a nonprofit organization working to reduce hunger in Greenville County by rescuing food that would otherwise be wasted and delivering it to over 105 partner organizations for distribution to those in need. Food is rescued from restaurants, grocery stores, farms and other institutional feeders and delivered at no charge to the receiving agencies. Founded in 1991, we serve as a vital conduit through which businesses can contribute to the community in a meaningful way and surplus food can be maximized. Our mission is to eliminate food insecurity among our neighbors by working to ensure no good food goes to waste.