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Dianne Swinemar says Feed Nova Scotia got $1.5 million and hundreds of pounds of food. (CBC)

Feed Nova Scotia has announced the person who will take over from Dianne Swinemar as executive director of the provincial food bank.  

Nick Jennery has been selected as Feed Nova Scotia’s executive director.

He has more than 30 years of experience with various associations in the food industry.

Among other things, Jennery has been CEO of the Winery Association of Nova Scotia, the head of the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors, and involved with Tea and Coffee Association of Canada.

“There were many wonderful candidates, but there’s no doubt Nick rose to the top. He has the experience, charisma and passion we were looking for. And I have every confidence that he will pick up the reins with tenacity to ensure that Feed Nova Scotia continues to move forward in our mission to alleviate the effects of poverty on Nova Scotians,” said Paul Kidston, chair of the board of directors in a news release.

Swinemar said she hopes to continue as a volunteer with the food bank.

“Feed Nova Scotia has been like home to me for almost 25 years — you don’t just walk away from something like that lightly. Knowing that the organization will be in capable hands is extremely reassuring,” she said.