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, physically and geographically. By offering healthy food choices and connecting with Partners to fulfill needs beyond food, 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 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.
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.
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
Founder, Vice President
As a Founder and Vice President of the Pantry, Liz Pecora draws upon her corporate executive experience to communicate the mission of working to wipe out hunger in the greater community. Before moving to Florida, Liz held positions with Delta Airlines and the hotel and hospitality industry, working in national sales and marketing. Known for her caring demeanor and focus, Liz is recognized for her ability to engage the community to build a greater community both at the Pantry and in Collier County.
In 2016, Liz was one of the founding members of Our Daily Bread Food Pantry and had co-led the continual expansion of the pantry over the past several years. Together with the other founders, she was recognized as Marco Island Civic Association’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year award.
Liz’s passion for providing food assistance to anyone in need began when she was widowed and in need. Receiving food from her church’s food pantry with love and dignity helped her get back into the employment market. It was such a blessing for Liz that she vowed if, given the opportunity, she would someday be a part of hunger relief activities. That opportunity came in 2016 with the creation of Our Daily Bread Food Pantry.
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. In 2022 Liz was trained as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem. She and her husband serve as pro-bono advocates for children in the 20th Judicial Circuit- Collier County, FL.
Founder, Corporate Secretary
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.
Albert Benarroch was raised in Chicago and feels blessed to call Marco Island his home. He lives here with his wife Yvette, and their 2 children Zachary (17) and Danny (15) and their two golden retrievers named Rocky and Lucky. Al and his wife Yvette are the proud owners of Affordable Landscaping Service & Design, LLC; a business that has been serving the Marco Island community since 1996 and specializes in landscape design, landscape maintenance, tree trimming, irrigation design & repairs, paver installation, fertilization and pest control services. Al has over 46 years of experience in the landscaping industry. His passion is helping his clients discover how they can beautify their landscape, creating that unique outdoor space and connecting with customers throughout the landscaping projects. Al also loves being able to provide customers true value through both the relationship and the level of service Affordable Landscaping Service & Design, LLC provides. Al and his wife Yvette believe that nothing is more rewarding than giving back to the community, so they always make time to get involved with groups and organizations that help the community and those in need. Al is Vice President of Manatee Rifle & Archery Club and Past 2nd Vice President of JCMI. Al enjoys helping others, fishing, hunting, traveling and spending time with his family.
Sue Itayem is a Vice President and Banker in the Naples office of J.P. Morgan Private Bank. Sue works closely with some of the most affluent business owners and retirees across Southwest Florida to address their wealth management goals for today,tomorrow and after they’re gone. She is known for providing financial peace of mind, and takes pride in being a trusted advisor and fierce client champion.
Sue welcomes each individual with a mindset of discovery, learning about their life, their goals and what matters to them. She takes a planning approach to anticipate not only life’s most meaningful milestones, but also its unforeseen events, building comprehensive and custom-tailored strategies that integrate trusts and estates, wealth transfer and risk management. Sue fosters relationships with the entire family—including the next generation—and prepares them for the responsibilities to come.
She strives always to do the right thing, and derives great satisfaction from knowing she made a difference in someone’s life. As a former entrepreneur, Sue fulfills her responsibilities as though she were managing her own business, a characteristic that differentiates her from other advisors. She is especially interested in helping women in transition, drawing on her own experience as a widow to empower them both personally and financially.
In the 25 years since she began her career in finance as a Bank of America teller, Sue has amassed a commanding knowledge of the sophisticated needs of high-net-worth clients. Most recently, she was a Vice President and Wealth Advisor at Truist Wealth. Previously, she held private banking and wealth management positions at SunTrust and Fifth Third Bank.
Sue earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Kaplan University.
Devoted to her community, she has served on the boards of the Greater Marco Family YMCA (now the YMCA of Collier County), the Marco Island Charter Middle School and the Rotary Club of Marco Island.
Sue has spent more than 25 years in the Marco Island-Naples area, where she raised five children, including one whose Down syndrome has inspired a life of advocacy. She loves to read, travel and play with her six grandchildren.