The Food Depot Announces Jill Dixon to Serve as Executive Director (Press Release)

March 11, 2024

Amanda Bregel, Communications Manager,, (505) 510-5539
Jill Dixon, Deputy Director,, (505) 452-6318

The Food Depot Announces Jill Dixon to Serve as Executive Director

SANTA FE— The Food Depot’s Board of Directors announced today that Jill Dixon will succeed Sherry Hooper as the Executive Director of The Food Depot, Northern New Mexico’s Food Bank. Dixon, who has been with the food bank since 2012, will assume the lead role, effective July 1, 2024. 

Dixon currently serves as the Deputy Director of The Food Depot, a leadership role she has held since 2021. Len Rand, president of The Food Depot’s Board of Directors, expressed enthusiasm about the transition, stating, “We are pleased to announce this appointment. Jill brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to the communities we serve. She has been dedicated to The Food Depot for over a decade and has the full support of the board in her new role.” 

Dixon joined The Food Depot in 2012 as the organization’s first Development Director. One of her early successes was the “Building Hope” capital campaign for the warehouse in Santa Fe. Her continuous focus on providing healthy food and vital resources to families in New Mexico resulted in the development of many of The Food Depot’s innovative programs, all of which impact thousands of lives each day. Dixon oversaw the creation of multiple key programs, including The Food Depot’s Casita de Comida, Resource Navigation, Diaper Depot, Food 4 Pets, and The Food Mobile. As Deputy Director, she also guided the nonprofit through the development of its current strategic plan, which will lead The Food Depot through 2025. 

“I am so grateful for Jill’s leadership and the many wonderful years we have worked together,” says Sherry Hooper, the current Executive Director. “I know The Food Depot’s future is in capable hands.” 

“I would like to thank the board of directors for this opportunity,” says Dixon. “The Food Depot holds such a pivotal role in this community. It is an honor to serve our communities in such a profound way. I look forward to continuing to build on the initiatives and partnerships Sherry Hooper and I started together.” 

Dixon will succeed Sherry Hooper, The Food Depot’s longtime Executive Director, who assumed the leadership role in 2001. Hooper’s final day at The Food Depot is June 30, 2024. 

About The Food Depot

The Food Depot is a nonprofit organization that aims to make healthy food accessible to every person in every community in New Mexico. As the food bank for nine northern counties, The Food Depot provides resources to over 40,000 New Mexicans across 26,000 square miles. Our innovative programs, resource navigation services, and advocacy work supports individuals in achieving food security. In 2023, The Food Depot’s unique programs, along with our 80 nonprofit partners, provided an average of 624,000 meals each month to those experiencing food insecurity. You are invited to join the food security movement by donating, volunteering, or advocating on their website, The Food Depot operates as an equal opportunity provider.