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May 18, 2022
 
Food Link Appoints Rachel Albert as Executive Director
Rachel Albert
Rachel Albert

December 27, 2021 — Food Link, an Arlington nonprofit food rescue organization that collects high-quality food which otherwise would go to waste and distributes it to local community organizations that help people in need, recently announced it appointed Rachel Albert as executive director.

Albert, who had been serving as interim executive director of Food Link since April, succeeds DeAnne Dupont, who held the position since 2020. DuPont and co-founder Julie Kremer co-led the organization since it was established in 2012.

Albert joined Food Link in April 2021 as interim executive director and now has overall strategic and administrative responsibility for Food Link’s staff, programs, and fundraising, as well as development and execution of the organization’s mission.

Prior to joining Food link, she served as vice president of evaluation and learning at Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Boston and chief financial and administrative officer of Birches School in Lincoln. Most recently, Albert served as a strategy consultant to multiple mission-driven organizations.

Albert earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Rochester, and a Master of Social Work degree and a Master of Business Administration degree in nonprofit management, both from Columbia University.

"The organization’s growth over the past nine years really has been remarkable," she told Your Arlington recently. "I think it’s a testament to [DuPont’s and Kremer’s] determination and strength of vision ... that they were able to get so much community support right from the start. Every year the support kept increasing -- and then it exploded during the pandemic, when food insecurity soared."

Albert said Food Link will launch a strategic planning process in 2002 to focus the organization to a greater degree about unmet needs in the communities it serves, including whether to open new sites and explore potential partnerships.

She said the planning process "will bring into sharper focus the types of impact—beyond increasing our volume of food rescue—that we will strive to achieve over the next three to five years.”

In 2020, Food Link rescued 1.2 million pounds of food, sourced from more than 100 donors, and with the help of 250 volunteers helped feed 80,000 people. To date, Food Link has distributed food to more than 50 communities throughout Greater Boston and eastern Massachusetts.

For the year ending March 31, 2020, Food Link reported $2.0 million in revenue, nearly of which came from contributions and grants, and $1.6 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal financial information filing.

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