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Gleaners CEO to step down after nearly 30 years

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Pamela Altmeyer, the longtime president and CEO of Gleaners Food Bank, is stepping down from the position after close to 30 years with the not-for-profit.

"It's definitely time to start ramping down," Altmeyer, 63, said Wednesday.

"With the end of Gleaners' capital campaign in sight, a facility superior to any food bank in the nation, [and] no major debt ... there is no time that is more ideal to secure a successor to lead Gleaners into the future," said Altmeyer, who has been at the helm of the organization since 1981.

Gleaners will perform a nationwide search for Altmeyer's successor and hopes to fill the position by Oct. 1. Altmeyer plans to stay with Gleaners through the transition, and then consult with the new CEO if needed.

Gleaners provides food and grocery products to a network of more than 400 charitable programs in 21 central and southeastern Indiana counties. In 2009, the group served more than 160,000 people through emergency food providers such as food pantries, homeless shelters and soup kitchens.

For its 2009 fiscal year, the organization reported $31.6 million in income and $26.7 million in expenses. Earlier this year, the group announced that it would relocate to the former Monarch Beverage Co. warehouse on the southwest side of Indianapolis, and that it was en route to raising $11.6 million for the move.

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  • Hoosiers come up short
    So, Gleaners needs a nationwide search to find a replacement for itâ??s CEO? Why? There are plenty of candidates right here who could easily fill that job. Guess we should all do a nationwide search for the best not-for-profit to support.

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