Eric Cooper is the President and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank, the largest hunger-relief organization in Southwest Texas. Through a network of more than 530 nonprofit agencies and a myriad of distribution programs, the San Antonio Food Bank provides more than 61 million pounds of food and grocery items to needy Texans in a 16 county service area.
In 2001, the San Antonio Food Bank selected Eric to become the youngest Executive Director in the history of the organization. During his 15 year tenure, the San Antonio Food Bank has grown to more than 180 employees, increased food distribution from 10 million pounds to more than 61 million pounds last year, increased the number and impact of its programs, and was awarded Food Bank of the Year in 2007 by Feeding America, the national network of 200+ Food Banks.
Locally, Eric serves on a number of committees around food and nutrition, such as the Mayor’s Fitness Council Executive Committee. At the state level, he has served on the Executive Committee for Feeding Texas. Nationally, he serves on several of Feeding America’s committees and is chair of the New Business Marketing Solutions Committee. Eric was also recognized as the Executive Director of the Year in 2011 by Feeding America.
Prior to the San Antonio Food Bank, Eric served as the Product Donations Manager for the North Texas Food Bank. He began his career at the Utah Food Bank as the Volunteer and Food Drive Coordinator and then worked his way up to Deputy Director. Throughout his 20 year career in food banking, Eric’s track record has been efficient and effective.