US: Fair Food Network announces new chief executive

Fair Food Network
Oran Hesterman and Kate Krauss

Non-profit and investor Fair Food Network has announced that Kate Krauss, currently chief operating officer, will become chief executive next January, with Oran B Hesterman transitioning into a supporting role as founder and resident champion.

Since 2009, Fair Food Network has worked to increase community health and wealth through food. The organisation’s nutrition incentive work expands healthy food access, facilitates opportunities for local farmers, food entrepreneurs, and retailers, and invests in local food businesses to bring nourishment to communities and strengthen local economies. 

Fair Food Network’s signature programme, Double Up Food Bucks, matches SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) spent on fruits and vegetables, and its national model has been adopted by partners in 28 US states.

Fair Food Network stated that its impact investing work fuels the success of food entrepreneurs by providing catalytic capital, wrap-around business services, and a commitment to place-based investing collectives.

Krauss said: “Oran has planted the seeds for sustainable agriculture and food systems that have grown into a national movement; I feel honoured to be able to call him a mentor. And I am honoured to assume this new role, and lead such an incredible team in our next chapter of work. I love that food can be both a source of joy and a path to justice. It can also bring people together to take collective action. We’re living through a time that demands systemic change, and I’m thrilled to further explore how food can act as a starting point for transformation.”

Hesterman added: “Founding and fostering the growth of Fair Food Network has been an incredible honour. I am beyond grateful to our team, partners, and supporters who have believed in us and made our work possible. The journey continues, and I’ll be here to support Kate, the rest of our dedicated team at Fair Food Network, our communities, and our wider society as our organisation evolves.”