MEANS Database

Our Team

We may be young, but we're experienced. Our team has a combined 20+ years of food recovery and hunger fighting experience. Four of our current team members have been recognized by former President Obama for their service. Our Executive Director alone has over ten years of experience with emergency feeding systems and working on hunger policy. Learn more about our individual team members below, and get in touch with who you need to speak to.

Maria Rose Belding - Co-Founder-Executive Director of MEANS Database, a food rescue website that fights food waste and feeds the hungry_Headshot

Maria Rose Belding

Co-Founder and Executive Director 

As the author of more than a dozen nationally published pieces on food security and poverty, Maria Rose has also had the privilege to speak on the same issues in eighteen states. Her work has not gone unnoticed, with recognition from Points of Light, Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and the Obama White House with President's Volunteer Service awards in 2014 and 2016, along with being named a L'Oreal Women of Worth in 2015 and receiving South By Southwest's 2016 Dewey Prize. Maria Rose is a junior at American University in Washington, DC, where she studies public health on the premed track. In her free time, she enjoys being asleep.

Zoey Jordan Salsbury

Deputy Director 

Zoey has been involved in the in the hunger space since she first volunteered at her local food bank with her Girl Scout troop. She joined MEANS right after its founding in the summer of 2014 and since then she's worn many hats from Communications Director, to Human Resources Manager, to Office Clown, to Grant Writer, to Photographer, to Graphic Designer. Previously she worked for New Blue Interactive, an digital fundraising and marketing firm, as a Production Associate raising thousands of dollars for candidates for federal and local offices. In her limited free time Zoey can be found knitting and tremendously enjoying playing videogames badly.

Sammie Paul - Chief Operating Officer of MEANS Database, a food rescue website that fights food waste and feeds the hungry_Headshot

Sammie Paul

Chief Operating Officer 

Sammie has worked with MEANS for more than two years, starting as an Outreach Volunteer, then becoming the Appalachian Regional Coordinator, and currently serving as Chief Operating Officer. She has a history of service with public health nonprofits both in the United States with SOS Children’s Villages and abroad with Lea Toto in Nairobi, Kenya. Sammie received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from former President Obama for her work with MEANS in 2016, and continues to work with MEANS to grow and expand its impact nationally. In her free time, Sammie loves going on runs and taking advantage of the DC restaurant scene.