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The Mission of the Chesterfield Food Bank

There are families in our shared communities that go to bed hungry every night. Chesterfield Food Bank strives to stop that from happening. We proudly serve a variety of our neighbors, the majority of whom do not qualify for government assistance. These include:

  • single mothers working to try to put food on the table
  • senior citizens surviving solely on social security
  • veterans on disability
  • young couples just starting out
  • people who have just been 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 otherwise. 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."

We serve 1,800 people a week  through six different programs in Chesterfield county. These programs include:

  • Food on the Move
  • Kids Summer Food Program
  • Jefferson Davis Hot Meal Program
  • No Senior Hungry
  • Pantry Partners program
  • Our main distribution every Friday Night in Chester, VA

How We Started

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 Team

Kim 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.

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 ReGenesis 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.

Diane Merryman

Grant Writer

Paul Barr
Food Source Coordinator

Kim Piper
Office Administration

Linda Murphy
Volunteer Coordinator

Ralph Floyd
Distribution & Programs Coordinator


Our Board of Directors

Kim Hill

CEO & Director, Chesterfield Food Bank

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.

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.

Brent Archer

President, Columbia Gas of Virginia

Dr. Becky Gunter

Pastor, Lakeside Baptist Church

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.

Linda Murphy is a retired Hospitality professional, having worked for Hilton. Renaissance, Marriott and Omni Hotels and Resorts in three states and the District of Columbia over her 32 years career and became a residents of Chesterfield county 20 years ago. She was introduced to the Chesterfield Food Bank in the summer of 2017 when her granddaughter, Kya began volunteering. It wasn’t long after that the “volunteer bug” bite and Linda became a volunteer, as well as finding out her eligibility to receive the benefits of the Food Bank for herself and family.

Linda enjoys her involvement with the Chesterfield Food Bank and focus on assisting with the Senior Food Program and going out in the community to recruit and encourage others to become volunteers and spread the word of the wonderful services that the Food Bank offers to the residence of Chesterfield county.

Linda resides in Chesterfield with her husband James, they share 6 children, 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Linda is an active member of her church Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International Ministries. Her mantra is that “we are blessed to be a blessing”.

Linda Murphy

Retired, Hilton Global

Joe Elias

Business Coach, Happy Camper Productions

Joe Elias is a modern-day business renaissance man. As a graphic designer and brand builder, he has worked with small, local start-ups as well as global, household names to create meaningful messages that help companies thrive. As an IT specialist, Joe has designed incredibly complex business systems that have enabled rapid growth for companies that needed it. As a business coach, Joe partners with business owners across the country to plan, create, and implement marketing and advertising programs that generate fierce loyalty among clients and customers.

Originally from western Kentucky, Joe has lived in the Richmond area for 15 years, where he met his wife, Kelly, and started a family. Their two sons keep them extremely busy!

As Joe has made his home in Richmond, he has worked hard to make an impact on his community. As a writer, Joe has been involved in a number of local community programs, including the Treasure Maymont campaign to support the Maymont Foundation, fostering animals for the Richmond Animal League, being active in the local PTA, and now as a partner to the Chesterfield Food Bank. His wife, Kelly Elias, founded the Happy Camper Community Movement in Richmond, where Joe continues to play a part in bringing vital awareness to local non-profits in need.

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.

Tim McPeters

Chief Deputy Treasurer, Chesterfield County

Kimberly Kitchen

Owner, Engineered Rigging

Kimberly Kitchen currently co-owns two businesses offering heavy-lifting / transport equipment and engineering services for clients worldwide. She has served as Chair / Co-Chair for various committees within the non-profit Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association.

Kimberly's passion for the community stems from an understanding of the importance of maintaining dignity for people in need while providing them the support that they truly need the most. Her work has spanned a variety of causes, including a veterinary clinic in Carytown, the Safe Harbor Shelter for battered women, The Doorways hospitality house for the families of patients receiving lifesaving medical treatments, the Junior Federated Women's Club of Chester, and many more.

Volunteer work with the Chesterfield Food Bank has helped Kimberly to fully understand the sometimes shrouded need for food in Chesterfield County. After learning the extent to which children, families and elderly right in her own neighborhoods and her children’s schools are suffering from hunger, Kimberly joined the Board of the Chesterfield Food Bank to help make a difference.


Kimberly and her husband, Eddy Kitchen, have four children together and live in Chesterfield County. 

Linette Crenshaw Camp has been a dedicated volunteer with CFB since 2014. She has supported the organization individually and as a member of the Chesterfield Chapter Alumni Association of Virginia State University who oversees the Ettrick Food Distribution site. She is often seen spending her Friday evenings pushing food carts for the clients which she believes is a great ministry. Linette has led several food drives, a grant volunteer match with Travelers Insurance and celebrated her birthday at CFB encouraging her family and friends to join in volunteering.

Linette is a cum laude graduate of Virginia State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She is the Immediate Past President of the Chesterfield Chapter VSUAA serving two consecutive terms and the recipient of the President of the Year Award in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Linette is the current Chair of Alumni Giving for Virginia State University Alumni Association. She is a Senior Director of Operations at Travelers Insurance where she has accountability leading the Business Insurance Customer Solutions and Service Centers and serves as the Executive Sponsor for the Richmond Community Outreach Committee.

Linette also volunteers with the American Cancer Society, YMCA’s Bright Beginnings and at Lucy Corr. Linette is advocate for the National Ataxia Foundation on behalf of Spinocerebellar Ataxia awareness in which she recently led a fundraising campaign in honor of her husband, Barron Camp. In addition to her love and passion serving the community, Linette also enjoys coaching and developing leaders. Linette strongly believes in servant leadership and often shares her favorite quote, “If serving is beneath you, then leadership is beyond you.’-Anonymous Linette, Barron and her daughter, Justice W. Griffin reside in Chesterfield and are members of Arlington Road Church of Christ in Hopewell, Virginia.

Linette Camp

Senior Director, Business Center Ops, Travelers