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Kozminski Retires from Board of Directors

Retiring Board Member
Linda Kozminski
July 2006 – August 2013

On Thursday, August 22, Linda Kozminski served her last day on the Second Harvest Community Food Bank board of directors. Kozminski began her journey with Second Harvest in 2006 when she became a member of the board.  During that time, she acted as the board chair for two terms.

“I decided to support Second Harvest because I was a recipient of a food bank at one point in my life,” Kozminski said. “I know that anyone can become food insecure at any time in their life.”

Kozminski grew up in an upper-middle class neighborhood in Birmingham, Michigan. Kozminski’s father was an automotive engineer and was laid off, which made a big impact on her family.

“We were in a very good school system at the time, and my parents didn’t want to move us and disrupt our lives,” Kozminski said. “We had to make a choice between food and other living costs. We just had enough money to pay our mortgage. We needed help, but we knew we would get through it.“

Kozminski is a psychotherapist. She received her graduate degree from the University of Michigan. She has been married to her husband, Mike, for 26 years. She has four sons: Michael, Christopher, David and Andy. Their oldest son, Michael, is married and has a son, Rowan.

“Hunger-relief is a passion of our entire family,” Kozminski said. “We believe in leading by example and parenting by example. It makes me feel good that this strategy has worked for our children and hopefully our grandchildren.”

Kozminski served on the Second Harvest board of directors during a pivotal time in Second Harvest’s history. She served as spokesmen for Second Harvest’s Truckloads of Hope campaign for two years. She also was on the board during the creation of Second Harvest’s nonprofit grocery store, Fresh Start, Your Community Market. “Being part of the board during the transition of Harvest House, Second Harvest’s on-site food pantry, to Fresh Start was very important to me,” Kozminski said. 

Kozminski strives to be part of the solution to hunger. “The biggest thing I can do for our community is to see myself as part of awareness and education,” she said. “This makes the biggest impact. Serving on the board and donating financially are important, but the day-to-day awareness and mindfulness is where the greatest impact can be made. I am always trying to think about what I can be doing. We all need to be active advocates to be the real solution.”

Posted by Stacy Neibling Fisher - Friday, 08/23/13, 04:57 PM - Comments - Category: Second Harvest News


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