FDU invites CEO of Community FoodBank of NJ to Speak

Madison, NJ (March 7, 2012)—Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship invites the public to the 2012 Female Entrepreneur Lecture featuring Kathleen DiChiara, the founder, president and CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey which feeds close to one million residents a year. The lecture is free, and will be held on Friday, March 30 from 6-8:15 p.m. at FDU’s College at Florham in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall.

DiChiara began distributing groceries out of the trunk of her car in 1975, and the FoodBank was later established that same year as part of the Archdiocese of Newark. In 1982, the FoodBank was incorporated and moved up to an unheated former meat-packing plant in Newark’s Ironbound district. During this period, DiChiara was appointed by then-Governor Thomas Kean to the New Jersey Commission on Hunger, which was influential in developing legislation and policies aimed at reducing hunger in the state. 

In 1993, continued support and program growth led the FoodBank to its current 280,000 square-foot facility in Hillside, New Jersey. Today, the FoodBank distributes 37 million pounds of food and groceries a year, ultimately serving 1,500 non-profit programs including 436 programs served by its Partner Distribution Organizations. The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest network of food banks.

Part of the Silberman College of Business since 1989, the mission of the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship is to teach and support entrepreneurship and innovation in the academic, business and nonprofit communities.

Pre-registration is necessary before Tuesday, March 27 by going online to www.fdu.edu/rothman. For more information call the Rothman Institute at (973) 443-8842 or email rothman@fdu.edu with “Female Lecture” in the subject line. Space is limited. The lecture will follow a reception at 6 p.m. and an awards ceremony for the winners of the 2012 NJ Business Idea Competition, which honors New Jersey high school students for their innovative business ideas. Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham is located at 285 Madison Ave., Madison, N.J.

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