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FBP Welcomes Daisy Rodriguez as Executive Director

Meet Daisy Rodriguez, Forsyth Backpack Program’s new Executive Director! After serving on the Forsyth Backpack Program Board for a brief stint, Daisy transitioned to Executive Director on February 1st and is uniquely qualified for the role given her robust history in working for the betterment of children, specifically around food insecurity. She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education.

Her career has taken her from working for the New York City School System to working for Sara Lee Corporation (now Hanesbrands, Inc.), after moving to Winston-Salem in 1996. She also had the opportunity to work for the President and CEO of Wachovia Corporation; the YMCA as Director of Hispanic Mentoring Services; Second Harvest Food Bank as the Director of Childhood Hunger Programs for 14 years; and The Winston-Salem Foundation as Director of Student Aid, retiring in August 2021.

Through her many accomplishments, she is most passionate about helping others and giving back to the community and has served on numerous boards and committees.

She resides in Winston-Salem with her husband Dan Besse, three children, and five grandchildren.

Forsyth Backpack Program is beyond fortunate to have such a powerhouse for change taking the helm as the organization celebrates over 10 years of feeding hungry children and families - to date over 950,000 meals have been distributed.

FBP's First President, Carol Templeton, Retires

Board members, program partners and friends surprised her with a farewell event that was highlighted by the Winston-Salem Journal.

The beautiful tribute to Carol highlights the importance of the program in this community and the need it fills. Read the story here.