Foodbank CEO Rhonda Sanders to Retire


Rhonda Sanders, longtime CEO of the Arkansas Foodbank, will be stepping down from her position on Dec. 31 after nearly 10 years of leading the nonprofit. Sanders said there is nothing negative about her choice to leave, only that the foodbank was thriving and it was time for someone younger to take over. 

“I’m a big proponent of leaders leaving when things are in good shape,” Sanders said. “My goal was never to be in this role until I was 70. I wanted to give this organization all I had for eight to 10 years and then position it to have a new leader step in.”

In her time as CEO, the Arkansas Foodbank merged with Arkansas Rice Depot, increased its distributions from 16 million to 40 million pounds of food a year and added a branch in Lexa. 

She said this is the “premier job” for anyone in the nonprofit sector and expects a lot of applicants in the coming months. 

A new CEO announcement can be expected closer to December, as Sanders said the goal is to train her successor for three to four weeks for a smooth transition.

Now, Sanders has her eyes set on becoming the mayor of Bryant, a position she’s currently running for, but says no matter what happens she will continue to volunteer at and support the Arkansas Foodbank, especially in distributing food to Bryant.