“Service Above Self” would be a cumbersome middle name but Yolanda Whiten is one Rotarian who can handle it with aplomb. Already, she is both the President and CEO of the Ann Arbor Community Center (AACC) and the Pastor at St. James AME Church in Brighton. Now, she has been tapped to serve a two-year term on the Washtenaw County Food Policy Council. Its mission statement: The Washtenaw County Food Policy Council increases and preserves access to safe, local, and healthy food for all residents of Washtenaw County. Yolanda will be representing the area of Human Services. The other areas are Food Manufacturing & Distribution, Racial Equity, Emergency Food, Community Representation, Food Retail, Food Service, and Urban Agriculture & Education.
The Council’s attention was likely drawn to Yolanda because of AACC’s long-running emergency food pantry. Throughout the pandemic, it has continued to deliver food to persons in need and works closely with Food Gatherers, as well. Her appointment will coincide with the early start of our own club’s annual food drive. Congratulations and thank you to Yolanda!