Community FoodBank of N.J. announces leader for state’s largest anti-hunger, anti-poverty organization

After an extensive nationwide search, Elizabeth McCarthy was selected as the new CEO and president of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, according to a Tuesday announcement from the nonprofit. She is expected to assume the role in mid-July.

McCarthy brings a wealth of experience and a data-driven approach to her new position, where she will drive the future of the fight against hunger in New Jersey toward the organization’s long-term goal of eliminating food insecurity in the Garden State.

Dedicated to serving as a nonprofit leader, McCarthy is known for her unwavering commitment to supporting programs for underserved and vulnerable individuals to break the cycle of generational poverty. She has been a leader in shaping and implementing programs that address immediate critical needs, as well as providing the tools and support to effect long-term positive impacts on communities.

Since 2011, McCarthy has served as the CEO of Sheltering Arms, which addressed the effects of social inequity for children and families in the most challenged New York City communities.

Prior to joining Sheltering Arms, she served as chief operating officer at MercyFirst, senior vice president for programs at Safe Horizon, an adjunct professor at NYU Wagner School, an assistant commissioner in the New York City Department of Homeless Services and as chief of staff in the Mayor’s Office of Operations.

“We welcome Elizabeth to the CFBNJ family and are confident that her extensive experience and lifelong commitment to serving those in need will greatly benefit the organization as we work towards a hunger-free Garden State,” Judy Spires, chair of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s board of directors, said.

At CFBNJ, McCarthy will be working with a dedicated team that is committed to working to reduce food insecurity and its root causes in New Jersey dramatically in the coming years.

“I was born and raised in New Jersey, so I am very familiar with the amazing work of CFBNJ, and I am humbled to be selected to lead the organization forward,” McCarthy said.