Community meals program hires new executive director
AREA — The Franklin County Community Meals Program (FCCMP) welcomes Andrea Leibson as the new executive director to fill the role previously held since May by Interim Executive Director Mary McClintock, who will leave the position in late November.
In keeping with their mission to work with the community to alleviate hunger, FCCMP works with hundreds of community volunteers to operate three free community meal sites (Greenfield, Orange and Turners Falls) and two food pantries (Orange and Greenfield Community College).
Leibson, a resident of Deerfield for nearly 30 years, has many years of experience working with nonprofits and educational institutions. She has held professional roles at Amherst Ballet, Amherst Montessori School, Deerfield Academy and the University of Massachusetts. She volunteered at Deerfield Elementary and Eagle Mountain Schools and served on several boards including the Deerfield Land Trust. She has a BA from the University of Michigan and has taken additional coursework at the University of Massachusetts and Greenfield Community College.
While Leibson is new to FCCMP, she has always been keenly interested in food. She taught cooking to kids with language-based learning disabilities for five years (“there is no better way to teach math and reading skills than through a recipe”) and often arranged the food for fundraisers for the non-profits at which she worked and volunteered.
“I’m now learning about the ins and outs of local meals programs and food pantries. I am impressed with the commitment of the FCCMP board of directors, staff, and volunteers, and the support shown by community members and organizations. I look forward to learning more about each of the meal sites and food pantries.”
The Franklin County Community Meals Program was established in 1984 and is a nonprofit (501(c)3) governed by a Board of Directors: Amanda Abramson, Greenfield; Kara Barrett, Deerfield; Amy Battisti, South Deerfield; Marian Boyd, Greenfield; Susan Coan, Leyden; Jack Golden, Leyden; Betsy Hallett, Orange; Phyllis Jeswald, Conway; Kurt Pearson, Erving). FCCMP relies on the community to support its programs in the spirit of its motto “Neighbors Nourishing Neighbors.” FCCMP is a member of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and a Partner Agency of the United Way of Franklin County. Visit FCCMP’s website at www.fccmp.org for further information.