How many trucks does it take to fight hunger in 21 Central Texas counties? (Spoiler alert: 24)
What's it like to be a driver for a Food Bank?
Can members of the public ride along on a Mobile Food Pantry?
How many carrots can you fit inside of an 18-wheeler?
Get the answers to these questions and more at this TED Talks-inspired presentation and Q&A that focuses on transportation operations at the Central Texas Food Bank.
Join us for coffee and healthy carrot muffins baked fresh in our onsite kitchen! And learn everything you always wanted to know, but never got a chance to ask, about the Food Bank fleet.
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction - Derrick Chubbs, President & CEO
9:10 a.m. Food Bank Talks Presentation - Jeff Gonzales, Director of Operations
9:30 a.m. Q & A time
9:45 a.m. Optional tours of the Central Texas Food Bank facility with a chance to get up close and personal with fleet vehicles
Presenter: Jeff Gonzales, Director of Operations
Jeff joined the Food Bank in 2016. He is currently responsible for overseeing the operations department which includes warehouse, facilities, and transportation. The operations team works together to ensure that our clients receive high-quality food in an efficient manner while ensuring that all Feeding America, USDA, FDA, and DOT regulations are exceeded.
Jeff began his career in the United States Air Force where he specialized in aerospace and defense. He gained over 25 years of experience in operations management—with 18 of those at a senior level—in aerospace, food manufacturing, supply chain, and fabrication. After two years on the building committee for St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and the Diocese of Austin, he discovered his passion for nonprofit work. He is very grateful to serve the Central Texas community in his current role, utilizing his expertise in both operational management and flow processes.
Jeff gained experience in aero-propulsion technology, lean concepts, and business management from the United States Air Force College, leading him to live in multiple cities and states. Always remembering his roots, Jeff and his wife, Judy, have lived in Kyle, Texas, for the past 26 years, raising their 3 children and 1 grandchild. If he’s not at work, you’ll find him in a cowboy hat volunteering at his local parish.