OUR MISSION

There are families in our shared communities that go to bed hungry every night. Chesterfield Food Bank exists to give a hand up, to those in need.

Our main clients are those who do not qualify for government assistance. This group includes the single mom working to try to put food on the table, the senior citizen surviving solely on social security, the veteran on disability, the young couple just starting out, and the person that just got laid off from their job. In cooperation with Local Social Services, we are locating and helping those families and individuals that would not have been helped, in the past. We strongly believe in the principle,

“Give a man a fish and feed him today, teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime.”

Currently, in Chesterfield, we serve 1800 people a week  through six different programs, These programs include Food on the Move, Kids Summer Food Program, Jefferson Davis Hot Meal Program, No Senior Hungry, Pantry Partners program and our main distribution every Friday Night in Chester, Va.

HOW WE BEGUN

Travis and Karie Whittle were married, with a small child, and barely making ends meet. They went to Social Services for help, but were denied the assistance they needed because their income was too high. The Whittles overcame their challenges, starting a successful business and leading a happy life together. But they knew everyone wasn’t so lucky.

Travis and Karie decided to give back a portion of their business profits to young couples, single parents and the elderly who have been turned away from conventional forms of government assistance or other programs.

That’s how the Chesterfield Food Bank was born.

OUR STAFF

Kim Piper Hill

CEO & Director

Kim has responded to a conviction in her life to work and support the Chesterfield Food Bank. She dedicates her life to help fulfill the mission of helping people in need. She is the Chief Executive Officer and acting Director of operations for the Chesterfield Food Bank.

Kim has held a position in Finance and Sales for the Dominion Auto Group for almost thirteen years. She has also worked and held the operations management position for Baxter Healthcare Corporation and The Fortress Corporation.

Kim, like the founders of the Chesterfield Food Bank understands the rough and the just getting by times in people’s lives. She understands a hand up not a hand out approach that motivates someone to want to secure a better life for themselves and their families. She is motivated to give back the support that she was blessed with early in her life. She looks forward to using her background in sales and finance to encourage partnership support to help change lives in our community.

Kim is married with two daughters and one step daughter. She also has five grandchildren.

Paul Barr

Food Source Coordinator

Diane Merryman

Grant Writer

Diane Merryman is a nonprofit professional specializing in Grant Writing and Program Development. She began grant writing in 2009 when she worked as a 4-H Agent in Sussex County, and has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations over the last seven years, including Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, Journey of Hope 4 Autism, Lackey Free Clinic, the Colonial Heights Food Pantry, the ReGennesis Program and the Alamo Recovery Program. Diane works hard to find the right funder for each organization and grant request, developing a relationship with each funder to be sure the request is a good fit. Diane is married to Daryl Merryman, a civil engineer who retired from the Army Corps of Engineers in 2012. She has two daughters and four grandchildren. Diane earned a degree in Recreation and Park Administration at Clemson University.

Anthony Holly

Warehouse operations

Amanda Marshall

Transportation

Charlotte Custer

Executive Administrative Assistant

Ralph Floyd

Distribution and Programs Coordinator

OUR BOARD

Kim Piper Hill

CEO & Director

Kim has responded to a conviction in her life to work and support the Chesterfield Food Bank. She dedicates her life to help fulfill the mission of helping people in need. She is the Chief Executive Officer and acting Director of operations for the Chesterfield Food Bank.

Kim has held a position in Finance and Sales for the Dominion Auto Group for almost thirteen years. She has also worked and held the operations management position for Baxter Healthcare Corporation and The Fortress Corporation.

Kim, like the founders of the Chesterfield Food Bank understands the rough and the just getting by times in people’s lives. She understands a hand up not a hand out approach that motivates someone to want to secure a better life for themselves and their families. She is motivated to give back the support that she was blessed with early in her life. She looks forward to using her background in sales and finance to encourage partnership support to help change lives in our community.

Brent Archer

Brent Archer
Columbia Gas of Virginia

Brent Archer has served as President of Columbia Gas of Virginia since April 2015. With headquarters in Chester, Columbia Gas of Virginia serves more than 260,000 residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in 91 communities in Virginia.

He has served in a variety of leadership positions at the Columbia Gas companies, most recently as director of business policy having responsibility of the company’s legislative, regulatory and customer energy efficiency programs. He has nearly 33 years of experience in the natural gas industry in communications, government and regulatory affairs, beginning his career with Columbia Gas in 1986.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Marshall University, and an MBA from the West Virginia University Graduate College. He is the immediate past President of the Virginia Oil & Gas Association, which represents natural gas producers, transporters and distributors in the Commonwealth. He is a 2009 graduate of Lead Virginia serves on the boards of directors of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Business Council. Archer and his wife Dr. Andrea Archer and their two children live in Midlothian.

Dr. Becky Gunter

Secretary

Becky has served in numerous capacities including Pastor, Minister of Education and Youth, Christian Counselor, Worship Consultant, Faith Ministry Coordinator, Baptist State Seminar Leader and Retreat Speaker, Heart to Heart Women’s Ministry Coordinator and Adjunct Professor at Leland Center for Theological Studies in Arlington, VA and Doctoral Supervisor of Students for the Institute of Worship Studies in Florida. She created, defined and was involved for 10 years in Seasons of Love Ministry. She is currently Pastor at Lakeside Baptist Church in Richmond, VA and the Pastor and Director of New Life Connections. She has a Masters in Christian Ministry from Gardner Webb University, a Masters in Religion from Wake Forest University and her Doctor of Ministry from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. Becky grew up in Winston-Salem, NC. She is married to Dr. William Gunter, Senior Pastor at Webber Baptist Church in Richmond, VA.

Jeff Caldwel

Member

Jeff Caldwell has been a communications professional, a real estate agency, a musician, and a teacher, but his most important title is father and community member. He is proud to be serving on the Chesterfield Food Bank Board after cultivating a relationship with the organization through pro-bono public relations and marketing work with CFB through Virginia Commonwealth University.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) named veteran Virginia government communicator Jeff Caldwell as its director of external affairs and chief agency spokesperson in February 2017. At VDEM, he leads public relations and communications efforts, serves and the chief agency spokesperson, and oversees policy and legislative affairs work.

Caldwell previously served as press secretary to former Governor Bob McDonnell and communications director for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). He is an adjunct professor of public relations at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture. Caldwell also has experience in corporate communications with Circuit City Stores, Inc. and Altria.

Caldwell earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Richmond. He is a graduate of the Virginia Executive Institute, is a licensed real estate salesperson in Virginia, and has won multiple state and national awards from the Virginia Press Association, VDOT and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

He lives in Chester.

Mark Fausz

Member

Mark was born in the rolling hills of Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati. He began his higher education at the University of Kentucky and moved to the Univ. of N. Kentucky where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Construction Management w/ minor in Culture & Society.

Since college, he built a contracting business that started with three employees and grew into a development company developing 30 – 40 lots a year including home building. In 1984 he sold the business due to a severe downturn in the economy. That year he moved to Richmond for new opportunies.

Once again working in the contracting area he consulted for an international company that supplied home products overseas. He spend quite a bit of time in Israel and other middle eastern countries intructing locals on western building concepts.
Twenty-years ago Mark and his wife Linda made a complete turnabout and started a hyper-local newspaper, the Village News, which grew from 5,000 copies to its current 12,000 circulation.
Mark has been asked and accepted positions on several Boards of Directors as well as being a founding member of other organizations.

Mark Fausz is retired?
Chesterfield Chamber – founder
Chester Community Assoc. – founder
ChesterFest – former chair – current vice gofer
Chesterfield Center for the Arts – founder
Henricus – board
Chester Community Association – board
Bank On – founder – Steering committee
Project soon to be announced

Tim McPeters

Member

Tim McPeters is passionate about helping others, dedicating 19 years of his 29-year career providing excellent customer service to the citizens of Chesterfield County. Serving in various leadership positions, such as Chief Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of the Revenue, and currently as Chief Deputy Treasurer, Tim continues to make significant innovative and creative contributions to the county utilizing his experience in accounting, auditing, and analysis to develop and implement efficiencies, saving money along the way. His private sector experience included 7-years with Coca-Cola Enterprises, where he excelled as an Analyst and Manager in Sales, Logistics and Distribution. Tim is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington with a degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in accounting.

After serving in a volunteer capacity for the Chesterfield Food Bank only a few times, Tim and his wife, Alicia, knew they wanted to give more. They believe in the mission of the Chesterfield Food Bank and are truly impressed with the dedication and commitment of the staff and volunteers and the positive impact on the community.

Tim and Alicia have 4 children between them and are proud to call Chesterfield County their home. Alicia is a computer resource teacher for Chesterfield County Public Schools. They are both members of Swift Creek Baptist Church.