Golden LEAF welcomes Food Distribution Assistance Program Manager

Golden LEAF welcomes Food Distribution Assistance Program Manager

September 8, 2022

On September 6, 2022, the Golden LEAF Foundation welcomed Meredith Bell as the Food Distribution Assistance Program Manager.


“We are excited for Meredith to help manage the Food Distribution Assistance Program,” said Scott T. Hamilton, Golden LEAF President, Chief Executive Officer. “Meredith’s skills and expertise will help build and manage the program.”


The 2021 state budget appropriated $10 million to Golden LEAF to make grants to nonprofits for food distribution assistance. The Food Distribution Assistance Program is funded by federal State Fiscal Recovery Funds through the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. 


The Food Distribution Assistance Program Manager position will lead implementation of the Food Distribution Assistance Programs. This includes managing the process for reviewing applications and developing recommendations for awards, monitoring awards, managing compliance, and participating in outreach and engagement efforts for the programs.


Before joining the Foundation, Bell was the Donor Engagement Officer and Team Lead at the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF). In this role, she was responsible for management of various competitive grant programs. Prior to her time at NCCF, Bell held key roles in nonprofit organizations in North Carolina, including Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County and United Way of Pitt County.


Bell has extensive experience in program and process development, facilitation of community grantmaking programs, and analysis of programs to ensure compliance and alignment with the requirements and guidelines. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Politics from Wake Forest University.


For more information about the Food Distribution Assistance Programs, visit

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