Working to wipe out hunger in Marco Island and Naples, we engage daily with families who are experiencing food insecurity. Our programs reach individuals where they are spiritually, physically and geographically. By offering healthy food choices, connecting with Partners to fulfill needs beyond food and praying with our guests, we are fulfilling our vision to eliminate hunger in our community.
Mission & Vision
We Need Volunteers
Between the school and closet, what became known as Our Daily Bread Food Pantry assisted 3600 children and individuals with food.
While we still operate the Backpack Program, we have expanded exponentially.
Board & Staff
Amanda Nelson grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and got her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley. Amanda has worked and lived on both coasts, a bit in the South, as well as Puerto Rico, London, and Luxembourg.
Amanda has over 30 years of Non-Profit leadership experience, most recently serving as the Executive Director of a Breast Cancer organization in Sacramento, CA. From AIDS to the arts to the environment, the Episcopal Church and literacy, Amanda has made a career out of taking organizations to the next level, improving programs, mentoring staff, strengthening boards and growing donations and fundraising efforts.
Having held various roles from a volunteer to a staff member, a board member, and consultant in many groups. It is through these eyes, that Amanada can see what a great organization ODBFP is, not only in its efficiency but also in its effectiveness throughout the community. It is for this reason, she wanted to be a part of ODBFP.
Board of Directors Chair
Allyson grew up in Marlton, NJ attended Slippery Rock State College in PA where she majored in Psychology. Moved to Texas when she was 19 to finish college at Texas A & M Commerce with a degree in Human Resources and Operations Management. She later furthered her education through post-graduate work in HR at the University of Texas at Arlington and University of Phoenix.
Allyson’s career began in diverse business areas such as the oil fields of Oklahoma and West Texas as Safety and HR Director, the Homebuilding industry and finally, the last 20 years of her career were in the Healthcare Financial space where she was the senior executive of Human Resources for a large international corporation saying grace over approximately 8,000 people. Her specialty was domestic and international employment law and relations.
Allyson received her lifetime Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation in 1989. She also received her Managed Healthcare Professional (MHP) designation as well as a certified management instructor for numerous courses and Certified Payroll Professional designation.
Her first husband, Jerry, died of cancer and she was a single Mom of a 5 and 15-year-old for about 7 years before she met Marco Islander Jim Richards, who had lost his wife to the same disease. They have 6 children between them. Allyson is currently on the Board of the Marco Island Charter Middle School, a member of the Community Foundation of Collier County, the Women’s Foundation, the Finance Committee for San Marco Catholic Church, a member of CCW, a board member of the Marco Island Historical Society, Christmas Island Style, assists with the Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, is a co-leader of the monthly senior Luncheon entitled “Lunch with Our Friends Over 60”, and a member of the Marco Island Park and Recreation Board. Additionally, she coordinates a “bread run” through the YMCA and weekly mobile food pantries (in conjunction with the Our Daily Bread Food Pantry) both on and off the island.
Since moving to Marco Island, she has been honored with the Spirit of Marco award, the Volunteer of the Year award and the Women of Initiative Award for the Community Foundation of Collier County.
President, Director of Volunteers, Strategy & Senior Initiatives
In 2016, Liz was one of the founding members of Our Daily Bread Food Pantry and has co-led the continual expansion of the pantry across the past several years. Together with the other founders, she was awarded Marco Island Civic Association’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year award.
In addition to her work with the Pantry in hunger relief, Liz serves as Vice Chair of the Greater Marco Long Term Recovery Group, formed after Hurricane Irma to maximize the effectiveness of relief efforts in dealing with future natural disasters. Liz also serves as an officer on the Executive board of the Disaster Alliance of Collier County. She and her husband Donald recently joined the Guardian ad Litem Program as advocates for children in Collier County, FL. Liz is a member of Christ Community Church in Naples, FL.
Foreseeing a greater use for technology on a personal level, Vicki joined IBM where she began as a Systems Analyst and moved up to manage mainframe software development at Santa Teresa Research Lab in California. Relocating to Boca Raton, Vicki was at the forefront of DOS development and the first IBM personal computers in her role as Software Development Manager. She went on to work in Japan, Scotland and the United States installing manufacturing software as an International Project Manager.
Bringing her expertise into retirement, Vicki is a founding member of the Pantry. Together with the other founders, she was awarded Marco Island Civic Association’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year award and helped the Pantry achieve “Outstanding New Agency” by The Harry Chapin Food Bank in 2017. Vicki is an active Christian and member of Family Church on Marco Island.