Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry Hires Executive Director
Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry Press Release
Charlottesville, VA, July 12, 2013 - Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, Inc. recently hired Margaret McNett Burruss as their first Executive Director. Ms. Burruss comes to Loaves & Fishes with over 13 years experience in non-profit management. Prior to joining Loaves & Fishes, she worked 11 years as an associate director with China Harvest, Inc., a non-profit working to provide humanitarian and other assistance to the poor and underserved in China. Ms. Burruss has long-time ties to the Charlottesville area, having graduated from high school here (Tandem School '83), and being a two-time UVA alumna (Commerce '89, GSAS '12).
"I am excited to be joining Loaves & Fishes at this time of increasing need in our community," said Ms. Burruss. "Unemployment and a tough economy have put added stresses on many families in the Charlottesville area. At Loaves & Fishes this has resulted in ever increasing numbers of families coming to us for help. I look forward to putting my non-profit experience to work giving back to the community that has given me so much."
Loaves & Fishes board chair Jerry Denney noted, "Margaret brings her high energy and relevant experience to our largely volunteer organization at a time when the need to feed Charlottesville area families shows no signs of abating. In the short time that I have worked with Margaret, I see one of her strengths in being able to comprehend the multiple layers of complexity in keeping an organization like Loaves & Fishes focused on attaining our mission mantra of Neighbors Nourishing Neighbors."
In the last fiscal year, Loaves & Fishes gave out over 800,000 pounds of food and served an average of over 1000 families a month. In recent months, that number has risen to over 1200 families. Loaves & Fishes expects they will give out over 1 million pounds of food this year. Summer months are particularly challenging for food programs such as Loaves & Fishes, since children who are on free- and reduced-price school lunch programs are home, thus increasing the burden on grocery budgets for low-income families.
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