Mary S. Moore, founder and CEO of The Cook’s Warehouse (, has been elected chair of the governing board of the Atlanta Community Food Bank (

     Moore has been a volunteer and on the board of the Food Bank for 15 years and recently chaired the committee overseeing the search for a new leader of the organization.  ACFB Founder and Executive Director Bill Bolling announced last year that he would step down from the role after 36 years of leadership.  Kyle Waide, vice president of Partner Operations for the Food Bank, has been named the new President and CEO. 

    Moore moves to the chair position of the 20-person board, taking over from Arlene Glaser of The Coca-Cola Company who will return to being a non-officer board member.
    “Every year I’ve been involved with the Food Bank, it has grown under the leadership of Bill Bolling and it’s been an exciting time for everyone associated with ACFB.  And we know that Kyle Waide, our newly named president and chief executive officer, will continue to keep ACFB in the forefront of service organizations in Georgia and the nation," said Moore.
     “I am also very proud to be the Food Bank’s partner in its Simple Abundance cooking class program, where leading chefs of the city teach a class at one of the three stores of The Cook’s Warehouse.  All money raised for these classes is kept for the Food Bank’s mission.
     “And finally, I am honored to be in a position of an organization that not only helps keep food on the table for people around Greater Atlanta, but one that also supports the community through conservation and environment; early childhood education; empowering families and individuals for success, and health."
The Atlanta Community Food Bank began operating in 1979 from a small space at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.  ACFB now distributes more than 60 million pounds of food and grocery products – or more than 50 million meals – each year from a 129,600-square-foot facility in Northwest Atlanta.  The product is accessed by 600 partner nonprofits that provide food assistance to families and individuals in 29 counties across greater Atlanta and north Georgia.
ACFB leads seven distinct projects that reinforce its mission to fight hunger by engaging, educating and empowering our community:  Atlanta Prosperity Campaign, Atlanta’s Table, Community Gardens, Hunger 101, Hunger Walk/Run, Kids In Need and Product Rescue Center.  ACFB is a member of Feeding America, the national network of more than 200 food banks.

  The Cook’s Warehouse ( is greater Atlanta’s premier gourmet cookware store and cooking school with three stores in Midtown, Decatur and East Cobb.  It offers more than 15,000 products for the kitchen and operates the largest avocational cooking school in the Southeast conducting more than 800 classes yearly, often taught by local chefs, and has a large web-based delivery-by-post site.

  Owned and operated by founder Mary S. Moore, The Cook’s Warehouse also retails high-end appliances; conducts private cooking classes for unique celebrations and corporate events, and is a pro bono partner with virtually every major cooking event and gourmet association in Atlanta.   The Cook’s Warehouse is truly “Every Excuse to Cook.”


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