Meet GardenShare’s New Executive Director

Meet GardenShare’s New Executive Director
Gloria returns to the North Country, bringing passion for and experience in anti-hunger and food justice work.

Gloria J. McAdam joined GardenShare as Executive Director in early 2015. She is the third director since the organization was founded by Phil Harnden in 1996.

Gloria returns to her native North Country from Hartford, Connecticut, where she has been the director of Foodshare since 1984. Most recently she has served as President and CEO of the $6.5 million organization that works to end hunger as a part of the overall community effort to alleviate poverty in Greater Hartford. Under Gloria's leadership, in 2013, Foodshare distributed 14 million pounds of donated food, with a wholesale value of over $20 million, to 300 local organizations – a 100-fold increase from her first days with the organization 30 years ago.

According to Foodshare’s website, Gloria “has 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.”

Under Gloria’s direction, Foodshare received numerous national "Hunger's Hope" awards from Feeding America, recognizing their innovative programming and fundraising efforts, and in 1994 Foodshare received a "Model Food Bank" award from Nabisco.

Gloria has been involved in hunger issues and food banking on both the regional and national level for more than three decades. She served on the Board of Directors and the National Council of Feeding America, the country’s largest charitable food program. She is a founding member and former Chair of the Connecticut Food Policy Council and is a founding member and former Chair of the Board of Directors of End Hunger Connecticut!

Gloria has been a member of the City of Hartford Food Policy Commission, where she served two years as Chair. Gloria has been recognized for her work with a Community Leadership Recognition Award from Leadership Greater Hartford, the Governor’s Award from Character Counts!

Connecticut, and the Junior League of Hartford’s President’s Award. In 1992, Gloria was honored by Secretary of Agriculture Ann Venemann with the Secretary’s Honor Award, the highest recognition conferred by the United States Department of Agriculture. In the fall of 2004, Gloria was named the first-ever “Nonprofit Executive of the Year” by the Hartford Business Journal.

Before joining 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, Gloria holds a bachelor's degree in government from St. Lawrence University where she was a Trustee Scholar. In 1992, St. Lawrence awarded her the Sol Feinstone Alumni Award, its highest recognition for distinguished alumni. Gloria grew up in Gouverneur, with all of her seventy-five first cousins living in close proximity!

Gloria is a foster and adoptive parent and was active with Covenant to Care, a Connecticut child welfare organization. In her spare time, Gloria gardens, reads biographies, and is an amateur seamstress. Gloria expects to relocate, along with the two large dogs that share her home, to the Canton area in the coming months.

Be sure to check Gloria's Healthy Food, Healthy Farms, Everybody Eats blog regularly.

Biographical information excerpted with permission from the Foodshare website.