Kenosha County Food Bank names new executive director

Melissa Kaprelian has been named the new executive director of the Kenosha County Food Bank.

Kaprelian is one of the founding board members of UpTown Kenosha Inc. and a six-year member of the Racine/Kenosha Community Action Agency Board.

She worked as the business development liaison for the Kenosha Community Health Center, where she worked to improve access to healthcare for underserved communities. She also served as a water educator for students across Racine and Kenosha, teaching the importance of environmental stewardship and the challenges facing coastal communities.

“As a parent of a child in Kenosha Unified schools, I am deeply invested in the well-being of our community,” she said. “Together, we can work towards a future where every person in Kenosha County has access to the healthy food they need to thrive.”

In her youth, Kaprelian lived on a farm in Kenosha County, and it was there she experienced the challenges of food insecurity firsthand and the importance of access to nutritious food.

Her mother, a farrier, often bartered her services for animals to sustain the family, instilling in Kaprelian a deep appreciation for self-sufficiency and the value of locally-sourced food.

The Kenosha County Food Bank strives to provide a variety of food options to those in need, and Kaprelian said she understand role local communities play in ensuring that everyone has access to the sustenance they require.

Read more at the Kenosha News.

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