Cheryl Cominsky has been selected as the new Executive Director of The Children’s Hunger Project, Inc. (TCHP). The appointment is effective immediately. Cheryl brings to the position a diverse background of operations expertise, sales management and volunteerism.
“On behalf of the board we are excited that Cheryl will be our new Executive Director,” said Summit Shah, TCHP Board Executive. “We have every confidence that she will continue the progress TCHP has made over the years, as she has demonstrated a deep passion for our mission and has the experience to lead us forward.”
Prior to accepting an official role with The Children’s Hunger Project in 2016, Cheryl served as a volunteer. As Community Outreach Coordinator, she became well-known for her ability to connect the mission of TCHP with the goals of local businesses, organizations and faith-based groups. Cheryl has deepened and broadened those relationships, while leading the way with creative fundraising, event organization, and coordinating and motivating teams of volunteers.
Cheryl has spent the last 25 years in a variety of roles as an advocate of children with a focus on faith-based organizations. She has served on many boards and councils. Cheryl commented, “I am excited about this new, challenging opportunity! I look forward to continuing to serve local school children and to ensure our children are fed in Brevard County.”
The Children’s Hunger Project
In Brevard County, more than 50% of children utilize free and reduced-price meals through the schools. Although students have access to food during the week, the weekend can result in nearly 70 hours of hunger for many children. TCHP exists to provide weekend meals at elementary schools for as many children as possible – and has not missed a single school weekend in nearly 10 years. Thanks to its founders, Bob Barnes, David Cohen, Sam Jordan and Jean-Yves Clerc, TCHP began its mission in 2010 with 27 children at one school. With continued expansion under former Executive Director Keith Gee, TCHP grew to serve 2,300 children at 47 schools.
During the pandemic, TCHP has more than doubled the number of meals served, to 5,840 at Brevard Public Schools distribution sites, where meals are provided to all students age 18 and under. All food is prepped, packed and distributed by our volunteers.