Montgomery County Food Bank names new COO

Torri Donley

John Kreger has worn many different hats in his years working for food banks, and as of this week, he will be wearing a new one; Chief Operating Officer of the Montgomery County Food Bank. Before being named COO, Kreger held the position of Director of Sourcing and Industry Partnerships […]

John Kreger has worn many different hats in his years working for food banks, and as of this week, he will be wearing a new one; Chief Operating Officer of the Montgomery County Food Bank.

Before being named COO, Kreger held the position of Director of Sourcing and Industry Partnerships for the Montgomery County Food Bank for four years. Before that, he held the position of Director of Sourcing for the Houston Food Bank.

CEO and President Kristine Marlow joined the food bank in August and given the complexities of the operations of a food bank, with the added increase in need locally due to the economic impact f the COVID-19 pandemic, she felt that COO was a necessary position to create. Because of his long history working for food banks, and the many hats he has worn over the years, Kreger was just the right candidate to fill the position.

“You can imagine what has to go on behind the scenes in order to serve our 70 partner agencies, keep our vehicles running, taking product in, having it go out,” Marlow said. “What I saw in John was a natural leadership ability.”


Moving from Houston to the Montgomery County Food Bank, Kreger was looking forward to the challenge of having to fill in multiple roles, as often happens at smaller not-for-profit organizations.

“I was always pretty focused on sourcing,” Kreger said of his role in Houston. “So, expanding what I did at the food bank was something that intrigued me.”

In his new position, Kreger said his goals for the food bank, in general, have not changed. The goal has always been to help people.

“We do what we do, we help people that are hungry. But we do a lot more than that,” he said. “Every person that we feed, there’s a story behind that. Every family is going through something.”

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