ABOVE: Grants through Second Harvest Food Bank supported a mobile food pantry distribution by The Well Outreach aimed at Maury County and south Williamson County. Second Harvest also partners with GraceWorks. // FILE PHOTO
By GEERT DE LOMBAERDE
Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee President and CEO Jaynee Day will step down from her role at the end of June after more than three decades with the nonprofit.
Day, the Post‘s 2017 CEO of the Year, came to Nashville in 1988, when Second Harvest handled about 1.5 million pounds of food. During her tenure, the organization that serves 46 counties in Middle Tennessee has grown to process more than 31 million pounds. Under Day, it steadily built out its services, in recent years adding a distribution center in Murfreesboro and firming up plans for a $3.6 million, 25,800-square-foot facility in Camden that will soon open its doors.
“For all of us who know Jaynee, we know that she’ll never ‘retire’ from working tirelessly to helping those in need,” Board Chairman Jonathan Flack, a partner at PwC, wrote in a note to volunteers. “Her 30-year service to Second Harvest, her commitment to helping others and her leadership, friendship and dedication are unmatched.”
Flack is leading a committee — comprising current and former board members as well as other community leaders — tasked with finding Day’s replacement via a national search. The group is close to issuing a request for proposals from search firms, and Day said she expects it will make a decision on that in the next month or so.
“We’ve been very thoughtful about the process and it’s been great to work with the board and Jonathan and the executive committee,” Day told the Post. “This has been very well thought out and timed.”
Day is keeping the door open to staying past June 30 should her successor not be in place by then. After that, she says, she plans to travel a good bit — a trip to Greece is already on the books — and spend more time with her children and grandkids.
“Maybe I’ll even find a new hobby,” she said.