Stan Edde joined Second Harvest of Silicon Valley in 2018 as the chief operating officer after 11 years in the same role at Houston Food Bank. He brings with him an impressive track record of increasing distribution capacity to connect more people to nutritious food and a passion for innovative, client-focused solutions.
While at Houston Food Bank, Stan was responsible for leading and coordinating the remodel of the Sysco Distribution Center, shutting down operations for just one week. The new 308,000-square-foot facility enabled the food bank to triple its output and meet the growing needs of the Houston area. Additionally, when Hurricane Harvey impacted an unprecedented number of families, Stan led Houston Food Bank in providing swift disaster relief, distributing nearly one million pounds of food per day over three days in its early response. Stan was also responsible for the food bank’s perishables expansion, distributing 50 million pounds per year in just produce, and was instrumental in refocusing on client services, including expanding pick-up hours.
Prior to his food bank experience, Stan spent many years in the food retail industry, starting as a teenager and including district manager roles and a role as President and CEO of Falley’s Food 4 Less for eight years. His experience at the grocery level with fresh dairy, produce and meat became incredibly valuable in his shift to food banking.
Stan holds his bachelor’s from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. In his moves from the Midwest to Texas to Silicon Valley, he has remained focused on striving for improvement to help others.