Eddie Oliver is the Executive Director of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks. Under his leadership, the seven regional food banks serving the Commonwealth are working together to improve access to nutritious food for all Virginians. Prior to his start with the Federation in January 2018, Mr. Oliver served as the No Kid Hungry Virginia State Director, leading the statewide campaign to increase participation in federal child nutrition programs in partnership with First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe. His efforts led to an annual increase of 10 million school breakfasts and 2 million afterschool meals and snacks served to Virginia students. For the past three years, he has worked with a broad range of partners across the Commonwealth to build a better food system that works for everyone, and is continuing that mission by leading the collaborative priorities for Virginia’s food banks.
Director of Marketing and Strategic Initiatives
Katie Mandes is the Director of Marketing and Strategic Initiatives for the Federation of Virginia Food Banks. Katie is responsible for leading collaborative marketing initiatives and campaigns in coordination with Virginia’s seven major food banks. Ms. Mandes has spent her career mobilizing people with shared values in order to influence and encourage positive change and action. She previously served as VP of Communications and Community Engagement with the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and as Director of Communications for The Nature Conservancy’s Global Oceans Initiative.
Meaghan Butler RD, CDCES
Health Equity Project Manager
Meaghan Butler is the Health Equity Project Manager of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks. In her role, she is working to strengthen our network’s capacity to reduce health disparities and address food insecurity as a social determinant of health. She holds 5+ years of healthcare experience as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist who practiced trauma-informed and client-centered nutrition counseling. She then served as the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore’s first Dietitian, where she expanded their nutrition education and healthy pantry efforts through fostering strong partnerships with community-based organizations. Meaghan is currently a graduate student at The George Washington University where she is obtaining her Master of Public Health degree. She is committed to improving health outcomes by multisectoral collaboration and increasing the accessibility of healthy, local foods.