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Loree D. Jones Named New Cheif Executive Officer of Philabundance
In May, Philabundance announced the selection of Loree D. Jones as chief executive officer, succeeding Glenn Bergman, who left the organization at the end of March after a successful tenure as executive director. Jones began her new position on June 2.
Jones, most recently the chief of staff to the chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden, has served in leadership positions in nonprofit organizations, education, and city government throughout her career. Prior to her service at Rutgers, Jones was chief of external affairs for the School District of Philadelphia, coordinating strategic communications and governmental affairs for the nation’s eighth largest school district and managing advocacy efforts with external partners. She also served as managing director for the City of Philadelphia in the John Street administration, overseeing 16 operating departments and offices with close to 20,000 employees and a $3.2 billion operating budget.
Her extensive nonprofit experience includes serving as co-executive director of City Year Greater Philadelphia, an educational nonprofit that deploys young leaders for a year of service as tutors and mentors to public school students, and as executive director of the African Studies Association (ASA), the largest scholarly association for the study of Africa in the world. She currently serves on multiple nonprofit boards of directors, including the Philadelphia Health Partnership, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Independence Foundation.
Jones, a graduate of the Philadelphia High School for Girls, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Spelman College, where she graduated magna cum laude, and a Master of Arts degree in history from Princeton University. As an Eisenhower Fellow, she studied how South African municipalities provide social services. She is an alumna of the British American Project, a transatlantic fellowship for leaders, rising stars and opinion-formers from a broad spectrum of occupations, backgrounds and political views.
Philabundance Launches Drive-Thru Style Emergency Food Distribution
With Philabundance partner agencies reporting up to a 60% increase in clients due to the pandemic, Philabundance decided to open a free drive-thru style emergency food distribution site at Citizens Bank Park, home of the Phillies – a long-time supporter of the organization’s hunger relief efforts. This additional resource aimed to provide food provisions to those in need by supplementing what clients have at home and purchase in-store. This was the first time Philabundance hosted a drive-thru style emergency food distribution.
The primary goal of this new site was to safely distribute food to clients on a mass scale. Philabundance has adopted a ‘truck to trunk’ model, allowing for a minimal contact exchange and more clients obtaining provisions. This new site is in addition to Philabundance’s network of 350 agencies and its partnership with the City’s 40 free food distribution sites.
The distribution was held on Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., from May 29 to June 26. Philabundance was able to serve up to 1,300 vehicles each Friday at this site, with clients receiving a combination of shelf-stable and perishable products varying weekly. Due to the volume of the distributions, attendees were only allotted one share of food provisions (approximately 35 pounds of food) per vehicle.