Forgotten Harvest has named a new CEO to lead the Oak Park-based food rescue organization who knows first hand what it’s like to experience food insecurity.

Adrian Lewis joined Forgotten Harvest last week, replacing an interim leader and former CEO Kirk Mayes, who departed following eight years in the role. The nonprofit selected Lewis — who comes from Meijer Inc. where he served as market director for the Detroit, Flint and Cincinnati regions — after a nationwide search.

Lewis, 50, of Washington Township, said he has admired Forgotten Harvest from afar, having volunteered and partnered with the nonprofit on food rescue efforts in his previous role, he said. He plans to continue working with existing donors, while adding more volunteers and agencies to meet the need in the community.

“We have to do more and we will do more,” Lewis said.

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