Food Bank Annual Meeting

At the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, a new Board Chair was elected and three new members were appointed to the Board of Directors. Awards were presented to a community leader and  a member agency.

Board of Directors

New Board Chair

Edward O. Handy, III 
President and Chief Operating Officer
The Washington Trust Company


Edward “Ned” O. Handy, III joined Washington Trust in November of 2013 as President and Chief Operating Officer. He spent 18 years at Citizens Financial Group and began his career in commercial lending at Fleet Financial Group.

A Brown University graduate and Rhode Island resident, Ned serves on numerous Rhode Island boards including Rhode Island Foundation, Crossroads Rhode Island, Delta Dental of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Hospital Foundation, Providence Foundation, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy and Salve Regina University. He also serves as a member of the Rhode Island Commodores.

New Board Members

Louis M. Amoriggi
Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking
Webster Bank

Lou Amoriggi is the Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking at Webster Bank. He has a long career in banking having worked at both Citizens and Fleet banks.

Lou also has a deep understanding of the food industry having served as General Manager of the family-owned Amoriggi’s Seafood, wholesaler, retailer, broker, and processor of New England seafood.

Lou earned his MBA from the University of Rhode Island and was recipient of the Little Family Foundation Fellowship.

Gregory M. Garger
Executive Director, Labor and Employee Relations
Textron Inc.

Greg Garger serves as Executive Director of Labor and Employee Relations at Textron, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for labor and employee relations strategies for 35,000 employees globally.

Previous to joining Textron, Greg served in several capacities at Otis.

He earned a J.D. from Cornell Law School and lives in Hartford, Connecticut.

Jyothi Subramaniam

Jyothi Subramaniam is a long-time volunteer and supporter of the RI Community Food Bank and many other charitable organizations.

She was a professor in the Hospitality Department of Johnson and Wales University.

Jyothi has a master’s degree in Hotel Administration from the University of Massachusetts, a Brevet Professionnelle (Cuisine Française) from the Ecole Hotelier De Paris, and a bachelors degree from the Institute of Hotel Management, India.

Jyothi served on the Food Bank Board of Directors for 6 years and has returned after taking a one-year break as is required by the bylaws of the Board. Jyothi participates on the Board’s Development Committee helping to engage donors in giving to the organization.

Jyothi lives on the East Side of Providence with her husband, Shivan, and their two children, Ajay and Sarika.

Community Awards

Awarded to Joseph J. MarcAurele

Outgoing Board Chair Joe MarcAurele with incoming Board Chair Ned Handy.

Joseph J. MarcAurele was awarded the Food Bank’s Guy Abelson Leadership Award for his consummate leadership  on the Board of Directors for the past six years. Joe was the most recent Board Chair and served in that role for the past five years.

As he retires from his position as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Washington Trust, Joe is also stepping down from the Board.

Joe and his wife, Meredith, have been tireless supporters of the Food Bank and advocates for Rhode Islanders in need of food assistance. His influence on the organization, especially during these difficult economic times, will be felt for years to come.

The Food Bank’s Leadership Award is named after Guy Abelson presented every October at our Annual Meeting to an individual or organization that contributes to the Food Bank and/or its network of member agencies through a significant commitment of funds, volunteer time, or pro bono assistance. Through the recipients that are chosen each year, the award celebrates the generosity of spirit that Guy embodied. 

Awarded to Westbay Community Action

Accepting the award for Westbay Community Action: Tanisha Simpson, Steve Stycos & Joshua-Michael Corrente.

Westbay Community Action is a charitable organization serving the people of Kent County, helping clients with food, utilities, health, safety, and education. They were awarded the Loni McGrath Community Garden award for the farm program managed by Steve Stycos.

The Westbay Farm is a three-acre plot of land located on the former Barton dairy farm.  It grows 15,000 pounds of organic vegetables each year. Its largest crops are lettuce, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, and squash.

The farm provides fresh produce to the Westbay Marketplace food pantry, expanding the nutritious choices for their guests. Farm produce is also available to the public through the Kent Hospital cafeteria’s Thursday market and at special sales.

The Loni McGrath Community Garden Award was created in memory of our very good friend and colleague, Loni McGrath, who passed away in the spring of 2012.  One of the projects that Loni was most passionate about was helping agencies develop and enhance their community garden programs and this award recognizes that work.