Martha Elder

Executive Director

Martha Elder has been the executive director of Second Chance Foods, a Putnam County based food rescue, since August 2016 and is one of its founders. She created the organization’s innovative program which upcycles recovered food into soups, sauces, entrees etc. Second Chance Foods then donates these meals to local soup kitchens and food pantries.

Martha has a varied professional background which started in the corporate world working with A.C. Nielsen where she provided marketing and sales guidance to companies such as Procter & Gamble, L’Oreal and Colgate. She moved on from there to Clairol where she provided data analysis to Clairol marketing organizations around the world.

While at Clairol, Martha volunteered with a domestic violence agency and a hospice, but came to realize that she wanted to give back to society in her professional life too. She went on to earn her Masters in Social Work at Hunter College and then worked at a residential center with foster care children who were dually diagnosed with a mental illness and an intellectual disability.

Martha’s work at Second Chance Foods combines her interests in nutrition, protecting the planet and service to underserved communities. When not working, Martha likes to spend time outdoors with her husband, two teenage sons and dog.

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