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Kristen Miale brings business background and passion for fighting hunger

AUBURN, ME – Kristen Miale of Kennebunk has been named the new president of Good Shepherd Food Bank, the largest hunger relief organization in Maine. Good Shepherd Food Bank, headquartered in Auburn, works with more than 600 partner agencies across the state to acquire and distribute food to those in need.

“Kristen is the dynamic leader we have been looking for,” said David Pierson, chair of the Food Bank’s board of directors. “She is passionate about ending hunger in Maine, has a strong business background, and has earned the respect and confidence of the our board, employees and partners during her association with our organization over the past two years.”

Miale is the founder of Cooking Matters for Maine, a local chapter of Share Our Strength’s nationally recognized cooking and nutrition education program for low-income families.  After successfully launching the program in Maine in 2010, she brought it to Good Shepherd Food Bank in order to provide a greater opportunity to reach more families in need. 

“People aren’t hungry in Maine because there isn’t enough food; they are hungry because they lack access to the food that is available,” said Miale. “I am committed to working with our dedicated staff and partners to streamline the food delivery system and get fresher, healthier food to people in need. We also need to collaborate with more organizations that share our commitment to fighting hunger in our state.”

Prior to her work with Cooking Matters, Miale worked for over a decade in private equity and business consulting. After volunteering for hunger relief organizations, she decided to make her passion for ending hunger her occupation. 

Miale received her undergraduate degree from Boston College and her Masters in Business Administration from Boston University, where she studied both entrepreneurship and nonprofit management.  She serves on the board of the Cumberland County Extension Association and has been a board member and treasurer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine. She resides in Kennebunk with her husband and two sons.

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About Good Shepherd Food Bank
The largest hunger relief organization in Maine, Good Shepherd Food Bank provides for those at risk of hunger by acquiring surplus and purchased food and distributing that food to more than 600 partner agencies across Maine.  Since 1981, the Food Bank has partnered with individuals, businesses, and farmers to alleviate hunger and build community relationships.  In 2011 the Food Bank distributed 13 million pounds of food to families in need.  Phone:  (207) 782-3554; Website:; Facebook:; Twitter: