WALDO COUNTY — Laura Sheinkopf has joined Waldo County Bounty as its first program manager, the hunger relief organization announced.

Sheinkopf will manage the nonprofit’s core Farm-to-Pantry, Gleaning, and Gardening programs and track progress toward fulfilling Waldo County Bounty’s mission to improve access to locally grown foods for county residents experiencing food insecurity. She also will work with the organization’s board to forge and bolster connections among its partners in the local hunger relief sector and food system.

Mary Leaming, who chairs the Waldo County Bounty board, praised Sheinkopf’s community connections and said in the announcement that “Laura brings significant program management experience, and we believe she will successfully build upon the programming that we have developed since our founding two years ago.”

Over the coming year, Sheinkopf will develop and implement programming in line with the group’s priorities, help grow its volunteer opportunities and engagement, orchestrate community events, and enhance collaboration with other social service agencies as well as community garden programs.

With a background in program design and education, Sheinkopf has experience working in schools, nonprofit social service agencies, and as a community organizer advocating for environmental justice. She most recently served as education director at Waterfall Arts in Belfast.

She is also an avid boater and gardener who enjoys spending time in nature, and volunteers with a number of organizations in Waldo County. Sheinkopf lives in Belfast with her husband and their dog.She can be reached at programs@waldocountybounty.org.

About Waldo County Bounty

A hunger relief nonprofit organization, Waldo County Bounty is committed to improving access to locally grown foods for people experiencing food insecurity in Waldo County through a countywide network of organizations. In 2021, Waldo County Bounty distributed approximately 69,000 pounds of farm-grown produce to food access agencies through farm purchases and gleaning. For more information, visit waldocountybounty.org and like and follow Waldo County Bounty on Facebook and Instagram.