Ending Hunger and Malnutrition in Yolo County
For nearly 50 years, Yolo Food Bank has elevated the common good for the people and communities of Yolo County by fighting food insecurity. Founded as a volunteer-run backyard gleaning program, the Yolo Food Bank has grown to an organizational network of staff, volunteers and nearly 70 partner agencies. We coordinate the storage and distribution of food from a network of growers, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and grocery stores, while simultaneously cultivating new sources of food. By collaborating with non-profit programs, private and public sector agencies and service organizations throughout Yolo County, we provide this food to 55,000 people in 19,000 households each month, distributing more than 4 million pounds of food annually.
Hunger in Yolo County
Despite being known for an abundant agricultural economy, food insecurity is an everyday concern for many Yolo County residents, with as many as 17% of the overall county population affected. As many as 1 in 4 children do not have enough to eat, senior citizens and rural residents are disproportionately impacted, as are the working poor and their families, the recently unemployed, veterans, students and migrant farm workers. By providing for the nourishment of our most vulnerable neighbors, the Yolo Food Bank is a partner in raising the quality of life for all for live and do business in Yolo County.
Michael Bisch joined Yolo Food Bank in January 2018, bringing an accomplished background in business management and nonprofit board leadership with him to the position. Following his undergraduate education in Business Administration, he launched an extensive career in mortgage lending and international corporate finance (multi-currency, syndicated lending for corporations, sovereigns, projects and aircraft). A self-employed entrepreneur for the past 19 years, Michael has been the owner/operator for nine years of Davis Commercial Properties, a full-service commercial real estate brokerage firm. During this time, he has brokered numerous commercial leasing transactions and real estate sales, performed major renovations of downtown Davis commercial properties and most recently was instrumental in the successful entitlement of the Davis Hyatt House project.
As president of the nonprofit Davis Downtown organization for four years, Michael acquired deep knowledge of nonprofit management best practices. He is a co-founder of JumpStart Davis, Pollinate Davis and the first downtown Davis artist studios. Additionally, he provided volunteer service to the Downtown Parking Task Force, the steering committee for Pathways to Employment, convened the first meetings of what became the Davis Arts Alliance, authored the Yolo County Economic Development Proposal, co-authored the City of Davis response to UC Davis innovation center’s Request for Expressions of Interest and further lent his talents and expertise to numerous other arts, economic development and planning efforts in Yolo County.
At this time of transformation for Yolo Food Bank, Michael’s unique qualifications enable him to guide the organization with a balance of innovation and stability, blending business acumen with a passion to serve. Michael’s leadership is keenly focused upon the need for our community not just to survive, but to thrive.
Director of Philanthropic Engagement
Donor Relations Specialist
Marketing and Social Media Coordinator
Director of Programs
Volunteer and Food Drive Coordinator
Yolo Grown Program Coordinator
Finance and Office
Director of Administration
Human Resources Advisor
Warehouse and Operations
Director of Operations
Colin Dawson Jr
Emergency Food Assistance Program Driver
Warehouse Lead Associate
Board of Directors
Tom Muller, President
Partner Farmer/Muller Ranch
Elizabeth Schmitz, Vice President