A Letter From Our Founder: Leadership Transition

Dear Saving Grace Friends,

I hope this message finds you well. I am writing to inform you about a significant change in
leadership at Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue.

After careful consideration, I have decided to step down from my role as the CEO and President
of Saving Grace. My last day in this position will be Friday, February 23, 2024. This decision is
driven by my desire for more personal and professional freedom, with the ultimate goal of
ensuring the continuation of the impactful work Saving Grace does.

The timing of this transition became evident last spring when Lenli Corbett, a dedicated member
of the Saving Grace board, made a career move. Unbeknownst to Lenli, she had always been my
first choice as a successor. Upon approaching her, she readily accepted the opportunity. After
thoughtful consideration, the board approved Lenli as my successor. To facilitate a seamless
transition, Lenli assumed the role of COO/Vice President on August 1, 2023, with the intention of
becoming the next CEO and President. We have been diligently working together onboarding
Lenli, introducing her to our stakeholders, and coordinating the transition date.

I am pleased to share that I will continue to serve as an advisor and consultant, leading pilot
projects in a limited capacity through 2024, as requested by Lenli and the board.

I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to our past and present board members, staff,
funders, food partners, vendors, and volunteers. Together, we have made a significant impact on
our community, providing over 8.3 million meals/pounds of wholesome food and raising
awareness about the issue of wasted food. With your continued support, there is much more to
be accomplished.

I am deeply grateful to all who have answered the call to action. I look forward to supporting the
future success of Saving Grace by assisting in the transition over the next two months and
beyond. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

With sincere gratitude,

Beth Ostdiek Smith