Glenn Bergman Named New Executive Director of Philabundance
PHILADELPHIA, PA (April 1, 2015)—Philabundance, the 30-year-old nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger in the Delaware Valley, announced today that it has selected Glenn Bergman as the organization’s next executive director. Bergman, who currently serves as CEO of Weavers Way, will succeed Mark Bender, the organization’s interim executive director. He will begin his new position on June 1.
Since 2004, Bergman has been the general manager of Weavers Way, a co-operative market founded in Mt. Airy in 1972. The co-op has grown to become an important anchor in Northwest Philadelphia. Over the course of his 11-year tenure at Weavers Way, Bergman expanded the co-op to include 5,200 members and 155 staff; increased annual sales from $4.5 to $20 million; and expanded its programs to include the operation of four stores, two urban farms, and the education of children and adults in urban farming, nutrition, and other related work.
“I’m honored and I’m grateful to the board for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization of passionate, dedicated and talented professionals,” said Bergman. “I hope to continue to foster the innovative and needed programming that has made Philabundance a leader in driving hunger from our communities.”
In his leadership role at Weavers Way, Bergman developed strong working relationships with many of the other hunger-relief and food-policy organizations in the Philadelphia region.
“Glenn Bergman has a strong understanding of the connections between hunger, food access, health, poverty and economic policy, and he is eager for Philabundance to further its role in advocating for change in the nine counties Philabundance serves,” said Murvin Lackey, chairman of the board. “This combined with his deep industry knowledge, makes Glenn uniquely qualified to lead the organization into the future.
“Glenn has thought a great deal about the causes of hunger and believes that Philabundance is well-positioned to lead a coalition of partners,” Lackey added. “He has a strong connection to our mission, and sees the opportunity to connect it to a broader community agenda. This aligns well with our strategic plan to alleviate hunger today while working to eliminate hunger forever.”
Lackey also had words of praise for Mark Bender who has run Philabundance on an interim basis since July 2014. “Mark Bender has guided Philabundance through a transitional period and has built a remarkable foundation for future growth. The Board sincerely appreciates his integrity and his leadership,” said Lackey.
Bergman has a B.S. in biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Masters of Public Health from Temple University. After spending his early working years in public health and health care-related positions, including at the Philadelphia Health Management Corporation, Bergman joined a restaurant group called the Shooting Stars Corporation in 1984 (a group that included the renowned Frog-Commissary catering company).
During his eight-year tenure at Shooting Stars, Glenn served as Executive Chef of Operations and then General Manager with $7 million in revenue responsibilities.
In 1992, Bergman joined the Wood Company, a food service company based in Allentown. He rose to become a regional director with management responsibility for $28 million of revenue in the Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey region. The Wood Company was the fourth largest food service company in the United States when it was acquired by Sodexo in 2001. At that time, Bergman joined the Compass Group as a regional vice president, where he oversaw $38 million in food service business and over 500 associates in the New York-to-Harrisburg market.
Philabundance reduces hunger and food insecurity in the Delaware Valley by providing food access to people in need in partnership with organizations and individuals. Philabundance provides a full plate of services through neighborhood distribution programs and a network of more than 400 member agencies in 9 counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Philabundance serves more than 75,000 people per week, almost a quarter of whom are children and 15 percent of whom are seniors. There are more than 900,000 people in the Delaware Valley who are at risk for chronic hunger and malnutrition. In 2013, Philabundance distributed nearly 30 million pounds of food. For more information about Philabundance, visit www.philabundance.org or call 215-339-0900. If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, please call Philabundance’s Food Help Line, 800-319-FOOD (3663).