Dr. Lucy Cabrera has a non-stop dedication to public service, effecting positing change on the lives of many New York City residents in need.
As President and CEO of the Food Bank For New York City, Dr. Cabrera led the organization to reach many milestones and successes. Under Dr. Cabrera's stewardship, the Food Bank's mission expanded beyond emergency food distribution to include income support and nutrition education, helping New York City residents to create and sustain healthy lifestyles.
Dr. Cabrera’s work with the Food Bank strengthened a network of more than 1,000 community-based member programs citywide by providing ongoing support and resources, enabling these programs to build capacity and connect their neighborhoods with a continuum of benefits and services. Through these advancements, and under Dr. Cabrera’s direction, Food Bank helps provide more than 400,000 free meals a day, while income support services, including food stamps, free tax assistance for the working poor and the Earned Income Tax Credit, puts millions of dollars back in the pockets of low-income New Yorkers every year, helping them to achieve greater dignity and independence. Dr. Cabrera also oversaw the implementation of CookShop, one of the Food Bank’s nutrition education programs reaching 30,000 children, parents and caregivers throughschool, after-school and community programs. CookShop is currently in 1,300 classrooms, making the Food Bank the largest provider of nutrition education in New York City public schools.
Dr. Cabrera also ushered the organization through the acquisition of FoodChange, whose programs have been fully integrated into the Food Bank's comprehensive hunger relief efforts.
Dr. Cabrera's distinguished career in nonprofit management began at Greater Hartford Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center, where she was Vice President. Her path later continued at Casa Colina Career Development Center in California where, as Chief Operating Officer, she directed vocational rehabilitation programs in several cities. Prior to embarking on her nonprofit career, Dr. Cabrera gained corporate experience at Union Carbide of New York and Connecticut and Goya Foods of Puerto Rico.
Dr. Cabrera serves as a prominent player in nonprofit organizations, including:
· As founding board member and former Chair of the Food Bank Association of New York State,
· Vice Chair of the New York Society of Association Executives (NYSAE)
· Board member of Citizens Union
· Board member of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC)