Frank Kubik is the Director of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program at Focus: HOPE in Detroit, Michigan and has served in that capacity since 2011.
Focus: HOPE is a metropolitan Detroit nonprofit civil and human rights organization whose purpose is to resolve the effects of discrimination and injustice and to build integration. Focus: HOPE employs over 250 colleagues and involves more than 7,000 volunteers annually. The Focus: HOPE CSFP issues food on a monthly basis to over 41,000 senior citizens in Wayne, Macomb, Oakland, and Washtenaw counties. Under Frank’s direction the Focus: HOPE food centers have brought in additional services to the community including free income tax preparation, utility assistance, and numerous free health screenings. Since 2012, the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit that tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, has been hosted many times by the Focus: HOPE food program.
Frank has been with Focus: HOPE since 1981. He started in the food program warehouse, moved to the finance department in 1983, then returned to the food program in 1987 as assistant manager and became manager in 1990. In October, 2011 he was promoted to director. In addition to directing the food program, he is the current vice president of the National Commodity Supplemental Food Program Association. He also co-chairs the NCSFPA Education Committee and has also served three terms as president, as well as vice president, past president, and local agency director. He was a participant in the July, 1998 “Fighting Hunger at the Grassroots” workshop, jointly sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service and World Hunger Year. He was invited to and served on the Commodity Supplemental Food Program team which participated as expert consultants to the USDA Business Process Reengineering program in April, 1999. In January, 2007 he gave testimony on behalf of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program to the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture as well as in March, 2017 to the United States House of Representatives Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition. He was formerly chairman and a charter member of the Detroit Meals On Wheels Board of Directors. He has been a member of the American Commodity Distribution Association TEFAP/CSFP Committee.
Frank is a lifelong resident of Detroit and has been describes as “all Detroit” by the New York Times in December, 2011. He studied accounting at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan and Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He has successfully completed the “SCR Leadership in Transition” program at Ford Motor Company as well as the University of Michigan Business School “Building the Leadership Engine: Transforming Human Service for the 21st Century” program. He received the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr “Keep the Dream Alive Award” from the Archdiocese of Detroit in January, 2008. He was given the “Unsung Hero Award” from the Detroit Community Health Connection, Inc. in October, 2012. He was also awarded the first “Leona Martens NCSFPA Champion Award” by the National Commodity Supplemental Food Program Association at their annual conference in November, 2012. In October, 2015 he received the “Eleanor Josaitis Unsung Hero Award” from the Detroit Free Press and the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition. He was spotlighted as an Unsung Hero in the April, 2016 USDA Foods from Farm to Plate newsletter.