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Renkes Returns to Lead Food Bank

A past employee of the River Bend Food Bank will return as president and ceo in the fall. On Monday board chair Janet Mathis announced the hiring of Nancy Renkes.

Renkes served as Chief Partnership Officer at the food bank from 2015 to 2020, then move to Eau Claire, Wisconsin to be the Executive Director of the Feed My People Food Bank.

"When my husband and I made the decision to come back to the Quad Cities, we'd made that decision then a couple of months later heard that there was a need for this position and decided that I maybe have a couple more good years left in me and I'd love the opportunity to work with that team at River Bend which is an amazing team, and continue to do this great work."

In Eau Claire, the food bank serves 14 counties with about 8 million pounds of food per year, while the Quad Cities food bank distributes food in 23 counties totaling about 22 million pounds.

In her prior job at the River Bend Food Bank, Renkes oversaw fundraising and communications, relations with its partner agencies in both states, and several special programs for children, seniors, and others.

She'll start working at River Bend on October 1st, and replace Marie Ziegler who's interim President and CEO.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.