April Thomas-Jones

April Thomas-JonesApril Thomas-Jones is the Executive Director of the Old Pine Community Center, a  local 501c3 non-profit organization located in Society Hill section of Philadelphia. April has served as the Executive Director for 11 years and throughout her tenure has not  only improved but  created new programming that centered around those struggling with food insecurities.  As a Philadelphia native April was often exposed to the real life struggles individuals faced when needing to pay their bills or eat. She had friends and family that relied  on what was  then called “food stamps”  just to make “ends meet.” This lived exposure aided April in her passion for advocacy and service. Over her tenure at the “Center” April has fostered the Saturday for Senior program that focuses on providing a sit down meal and to go meal to low income seniors. She worked with the Archdiocese Nutritional Development Program to ensure all children in her Youth programs were provided meals daily. She later started the Center’s homeless program which focuses on providing nutritious food and resources to those in need. Last year the Center served over 41,000 meals!