Public Call for Board Members

Join Food Equality Initiative, Inc. as we create systemic change in our community and beyond to address disparities in the management of food allergies and Celiac disease.

Who We Are

Food Equality Initiative’s mission is to improve health and end hunger in low income individuals diagnosed with food allergies and Celiac disease through increased access to healthy and safe food, nutrition education, and advocacy. We believe every individual diagnosed with food allergies or Celiac disease deserves access to the resources needed to manage their condition and live a healthy and active life. This includes access to safe and healthy food, education on disease management, and access to emergency epinephrine. Unfortunately, many residents in Kansas City and across the nation lack the financial resources to provide the safe food needed to maintain their health and the immediate and long-term implications are poor health outcomes, poor quality of life, and death.

To address this, Food Equality Initiative opened the nation’s first allergy friendly and gluten free food pantry in 2015. Our pantry program, now open in Kansas and Missouri, provides qualified clients with healthy and safe food each month to supplement their diets, health materials, and referrals to health care providers. In addition to our pantry program, Food Equality Initiative is actively engaged in advocacy to amend the WIC food packages to provide more allergy friendly and gluten free options. Food Equality Initiative has been featured in numerous local and national media outlets including, Yahoo News, Abc News, Nation Swell, UpWorthy, and many more.

Get Involved Today

Today, Food Equality Initiative is seeking board members to help us expand our reach and create systemic change in access to allergy friendly and gluten free foods in the management of food allergies and Celiac disease. The board of directors supports the work of Food Equality Initiative and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. Currently an all volunteer organization, board members will also assist the CEO with day-to-day operations when needed.

Board Member Responsibilities

Board member responsibilities include leadership, governance, oversight and fundraising. Board members are expected to serve as a trusted advisor to the CEO as she develops and implements Food Equality Initiative’s strategic plan. Other responsibilities include: reviewing outcomes and metrics for evaluating impact; approving annual budgets, audit reports, and material business decisions; contributing to the performance evaluation of the CEO; helping identify and recruit other board members; serving on committees or taking on special assignments; and acting as an ambassador for the organization.

Board members are also expected to make Food Equality Initiative a philanthropic priority. To credibly solicit contributions from foundations, businesses, and individuals, Food Equality Initiative expects 100 percent of its board members to make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity.

Food Equality Initiative board members serve a two year term and may serve up to two consecutive terms. Board members are eligible for additional appointments by unanimous election by the board. Board meetings are held bi-monthly and committee meetings are held during opposite months generally.

Ideal Candidates

Board membership is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about Food Equality Initiative’s mission and who has a track record of accomplishments. Food Equality Initiative is seeking candidates with experience in marketing, business development, public health, and nutrition. Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy or the nonprofit sector with extensive professional and/or community networks;
  • Diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating and building consensus among diverse individuals;
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and a passion for improving the lives of individuals with food allergies and Celiac disease; and
  • Commitment to developing and maintaining a diverse, multicultural board and staff environment that reflects the communities we serve.

Service on Food Equality Initiative’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel and accommodation cost in relation to board members’ duties. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Also, please complete and submit a board application. Consider joining Food Equality Initiative and help us create systemic change in our community and beyond! Currently accepting applications!


Please send your completed Board Application, Resume and Cover Letter to:

Board Application

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