Gloria McAdam, founder and head of Foodshare, has left a grand legacy for the Hartford community. Starting with only one person in a 2,000 square foot warehouse and a van distributing 100,000 pounds of food in 1984, she has grown Foodshare into a nonprofit powerhouse with 55 employees, more than 4,000 volunteers and a 50,000 square foot facility in Bloomfield distributing 30,000 pounds of food a day. (That’s a 100 fold increase.) She has created the heart of a hunger fighting network of local charities throughout Hartford and Tolland counties.
Foodshare distributes 15 tons of food each day to a network of 300 nonprofits that feed 100,000 people. Over 47% of the goods are fresh, a major accomplishment in nonprofit food distribution. In addition, the business side of Foodshare sets a fine example. Charity Navigator rates Foodshare a 4-Star organization (the highest level) – a testimony to their efficient business operations. They have also received numerous national awards for their work.
Ms. McAdam has left Foodshare to return to her childhood home in upstate New York’s North County to be the Executive Director of Garden Share, a food policy organization. To honor her legacy, The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has established a permanent endowment fund in her name, “The Gloria J. McAdam Fund for Foodshare”.
A farewell celebration was recently held at Foodshare, hosted by Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, Scot Haney, and Brad Davis, to celebrate Gloria McAdam’s work, legacy and commitment to the needy. Words cannot express the amount of service Gloria has provided to the community, as well as the gratitude from the hundreds of thousands of people who have benefited from her organization.
We’ll miss you Gloria!
Sources: Hartford Courant, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Foodshare, Charity Navigator. Photos courtesy of Foodshare