FAIRFIELD — The leader of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has won the 2013 John van Hengel Fellowship award from Feeding America.
Larry Sly is executive director of the food bank. The national award honors the ideals of Hengel, a soup kitchen volunteer and community activist credited with founding the nation’s first food bank in 1967.
“There are so many excellent leaders in the food-bank movement who have won this award before me, so I am understandably humbled and honored to be among them this year,” Sly said in a press release. “I am proud to be part of a food bank that is as much a part of this award as me.”
Sly began working for a food bank in 1976 as a truck driver. He is the longest-tenured food bank director in the Feeding American network. Last year, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano delivered 16 million pounds of food.
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