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Board of Directors

The Beach Food Pantry Board of Directors has 13 members representing various facets of our Outer Banks Community. The Board provides legal, financial, management and program oversight, and guidance to the Pantry's Executive Director. The Board ensures that the organization stays aligned with its mission and values in addition to complying with all federal and state laws. We are pleased to have such wonderful support and representation from across Dare County. 

Executive Committee

President Richard Bruce - Pigman's Bar-B-Que: "I live but to serve and my service with the Beach Food Pantry makes me feel alive."

Vice President Jenniffer Albanese - Interfaith Community Outreach: "Serving on the Beach Pantry Board establishes a bridge between Interfaith Community Outreach and the Beach Food Pantry as we both strive to assist our Neighbors in Need."

Treasurer Patrick George - Outer Banks Hospital: 

Secretary Susan Smith - Community Member: “Helping others in need has become a very important part of my life, especially those in need of food.  I feel very fortunate to be able to volunteer at the Beach Food Pantry.”



Linda Allen - Spectrum Reach: 

Sam Barker - Seaside Builders, Inc.: "Everyone that helps the community they live in, improves their own quality of life. That is why I help."

Joe Heard - Town of Duck:

John Klamut - Community Member: 

Morgan Mason - The Outer Banks Real Estate Company:

Susan Picataggi - Dare County Department of Social Services: "As part of my job as a social worker with the Dare County DHHS, Division of Social Services, I am able to serve on boards and participate with other community agencies. For this reason, I am currently able to participate on the Beach Food Pantry Board."

Robert "Bob" Palumbo - 

Jennifer Schwartzenberg - Outer Banks Hospital:

Fran Thompson - Community Member:

Executive Director

Elisabeth Silverthorne serves as the Beach Food Pantry's Executive Director and is responsible for executing the Board's policies, programs, and initiatives. The Executive Director and Board work together to ensure the well-being and future development of the Pantry. "I am humbled and amazed every day by the commitment of our volunteers, financial donors and Board. I have yet to see a day where our help wasn't needed, or a day where our clients weren't served by happy hearts! It is truly an honor to be a part of this organization." 

Our Impact in 2017

  • Pounds of Food Rescued


  • People Helped


  • Volunteer Hours


  • Annual Appeal Goal


  • Annual Appeal Dollars Raised


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