Meet Max Kaniger – Founder, Executive Director
As the Founder and Executive Director of Kanbe’s Markets, Maxfield Kaniger established the non-profit organization in 2016 with one goal in mind – eliminate food deserts in the Kansas City area.
Max strives to serve his community through the cultivation of organic and nutritious produce. He brings this mission to fruition by delivering more than 20,000 pounds of fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables to those in need every single month.
Max has appeared in several local television programs and print publications as an expert on food deserts and gained his expertise through numerous management positions in the grocery and culinary industries.
Keith Mulloy – Program Manager, Healthy Corner Stores
Keith joined Kanbes Markets in February of 2019 after working in the grocer retail industry for ten years. Born and raised in Kansas City he attended Rockhurst High School, Pittsburg State University and UMKC.
Keith is excited to help grow Kanbe’s Markets in the city that he loves by giving everyone the opportunity to access healthy food at an affordable price.
Carmen Hatten – Development Manager
After years of restaurant service and a tour as a copywriter in the advertising industry, Carmen joined Kanbe’s Markets as our Development Manager in 2020. With a passion for storytelling, her ability to communicate the urgent needs of our food system is matched with a genuine perspective of the human condition.
Carmen is a Des Moines, Iowa native and came to Kansas City after earning her degree from the famed University of Missouri School of Journalism.
Cornell Ellis – Director of Strategic Partnerships
Previous to joining Kanbe’s Markets, Cornell worked in the education field for nearly a decade as a teacher and a leader of teachers. A founding member of equity initiatives like Amplify! and BLOC (Brothers Liberating Our Communities), it was clear from the beginning of his career that fighting for equity was Cornell’s highest priority.
To leave a mark on his native Kansas City landscape, Cornell has goals to create and sustain spaces dedicated to underserved communities. He believes all community members have a role to support students and families and to be change agents in the world. By using love, empathy and knowledge, Cornell believes we can each help make this world a better place.