Merrimack Valley Food Bank Changes in Leadership

Amy Pessia and Debbie Callery at the MVFB’s Big Night Out on June 9, 2022

Lowell, MA — the Merrimack Valley Food Bank recently announced a staff reorganization that will promote Assistant Director Debbie Callery to Executive Director. Amy Pessia, who has been the with the MVFB for over 20 years in various capacities from a volunteer/board member, Assistant Director and Executive Director, will be Director of Growth. In a press release statement, Board President Jimmy Good said, “Debbie’s internal knowledge of the MVFB and Amy’s external knowledge of the community will create positive and impactful growth for the MVFB for years and decades to come.”

“I appreciate the board’s confidence in me, and I am excited to have the opportunity to lead an organization I have grown to love over the last 11 years. I look forward to continuing my work at the food bank and to taking on new challenges and responsibilities. It is a privilege to work with our staff, board, and the organizations we serve, all of whom believe in our mission to fight hunger,” Debbie Callery said.

The MVFB provides food to an average of nearly 70,000 individuals each month through partnerships with more than 100 member agencies that operate 156 feeding programs in nearly 30 communities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Amy Pessia said she is thrilled with the opportunity to focus on maintaining relationships with current partners and supporters of the Food Bank, and initiating new ones. “My favorite part of being on the Food Bank Team is increasing support and awareness of food insecurity and MVFB’s role in fighting it. We have grown exponentially over the last 31 years and I have been blessed to be part of the Food Bank family for over 20 years.”