A Gouverneur native and St. Lawrence University graduate, Gloria McAdam was lured awayfrom the North Country for a job in Hartford, Connecticut upon graduation. For all of the years that she lived in Connecticut, she maintained close ties with the North Country through her large extended family. When the opportunity arose to return to the area, and continue her thirty years of work fighting hunger, she jumped at the chance to join GardenShare.
From 1984 until 2014, Gloria served as chief executive of Foodshare, the Feeding America regional food bank serving the Hartford area. During this time, the need within that region grew tremendously, but so did Foodshare's response. In 2013, Foodshare distributed 14 million pounds of donated food, with a wholesale value of well over $20 million, to 300 local organizations that are feeding hungry people. This is more than one hundred times as much food as was distributed in 1984! In addition to this tremendous growth in the amount of food distributed, Gloria also provided leadership to Foodshare's involvement in education and outreach efforts, advocacy on behalf of our hungry neighbors, building a stable base for the organization in the community, and the acquisition of a permanent facility for Foodshare to work from.
Gloria has been involved in hunger issues and food banking on both a regional and national level. Gloria served for two years on the Board of Directors of Feeding America, the country’s largest charitable food program. Gloria was a founding member and former chair of both the Connecticut Food Policy Council and End Hunger Connecticut! In addtion to many local organizations honoring her work in Connecticut, Gloria was honored in 2002 by Secretary of Agriculture Ann Venemann with the Secretary’s Honor Award, the highest recognition bestowed by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Prior to coming to Foodshare, Gloria was a District Executive for the Long Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America for five years. She was among the first women to work in this capacity with the Boy Scouts. Gloria has also worked in the national office of the United Mine Workers of America and the office of Congressman Donald Mitchell, both in Washington, D.C.
Gloria has a bachelor's degree in government from St. Lawrence University, where as a student, she was a Trustee Scholar. St. Lawrence awarded her the "Sol Feinstone Alumni Award," its highest recognition for distinguished alumni, in 1992.
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