Norfolk, VA—January 27, 2022 — The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore is pleased to announce that Colleen Brennan has joined the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore as Eastern Shore Branch Manager. “We are very excited to welcome Colleen to lead our team on the Eastern Shore,” says Foodbank Chief Operating Officer Bob Latvis. “She brings a valued perspective to the unique needs of the local communities. Her passion towards serving our neighbors in need will help us achieve our Bold Goal of closing the meal gap in our community by 2025.”
Last year, Colleen moved to Exmore after a long career with the Virginia Beach Department of Parks and Recreation. “The people of the Eastern Shore are generous and kind,” she says. “They are individuals who believe in assisting their neighbors, and they believe in community. These are my people!”
Having spent her entire career working with and for vulnerable populations, Colleen was responsible for diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives for the Department of Parks and Recreation. “During my 27 years there, I had the opportunity to work with individuals who were incarcerated, low income, those with varying abilities, families struggling to make ends meet, and youth who had a number of risk factors in their lives,” she says.
“My goal is to establish new relationships and cultivate existing ones with the amazing partner groups and agencies that we work with. I want to increase the number of families we can assist, to work with the various towns to understand the needs of their residents. I want to see our volunteer base increase and to work with the various businesses and farms and see how together we can make a difference.”
About the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore
For more than 40 years, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore has provided over 350 million meals to those in our community who face hunger. Through our programs, facilities, and large network of community partners, we “eliminate hunger” on a daily basis for many. However, we understand that our current work addresses hunger for individuals in the short term. It does not address the root causes which force individuals to return to a food pantry again and again. This understanding has led to the creation of a 3-year strategic plan aimed to move Hampton Roads closer to achieving the mission of eliminating hunger for those we serve—not only for the day, or for the week, but for a lifetime. For up-to-date information on the Foodbank, visit www.foodbankonline.org, Facebook, or Twitter.
David Brandt, Senior Director of Communications