Jim Butts, board chair, and Mary Jo Schifsky, executive director, announced today that Schifsky will be leaving Store To Door on October 1, 2015, after nearly ten years leading the nonprofit grocery shopping and delivery service for aging adults in the Twin Cities region.
“We are so grateful to Mary Jo for her 100-percent-plus commitment to growing and strengthening this vital community resource,” said Butts. “Through her leadership, Store To Door has truly become seniors’ first choice for food and independence.”
During her tenure, Schifsky increased agency visibility and community support, established a strong and capable team of staff and volunteers, and expanded service into all parts of the seven counties surrounding Minneapolis and St. Paul. These accomplishments, as well as extensive infrastructure improvements, led to a 40-percent increase in food deliveries, so that nearly 1,800 seniors are served each year.
Schifsky’s focus on outreach also led to increased options and access for low-income seniors, who can now pay for their groceries using SNAP benefits. In addition, Store To Door is piloting partnerships with food shelves to offer free delivery to seniors at the greatest risk of hunger.
“While I will miss our remarkable clients and caring staff and volunteers, I am pleased to turn the reins of Store To Door over to a new leader who can bring fresh insights into ways to serve our community’s growing senior population,” said Schifsky.
The Store To Door board of directors will engage a search firm to identify the best candidate to lead the organization into the future. In the interim, Schifsky will continue guiding the organization’s major investment in enhanced grocery ordering, shopping and delivery systems that will enable the nonprofit to effectively and efficiently serve even more adults who seek to age in place in their own homes.
About Store To Door
Store To Door delivers peace of mind for seniors and their caregivers. The volunteer-based shopping and delivery service gives seniors personal, reliable access to their choice of food and household essentials, so they can continue to live in their own homes. Founded in 1982, Store To Door now serves aging adults of all income levels in the seven-county metropolitan region of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Explore the Store To Door website to learn about signing up for services, volunteering or donating.