Gene and Marilyn Glick instilled philanthropic values in their own family and in the institutions they created including the Gene B. Glick Company, which is one of the largest privately owned property management firms in the U.S. Today, their legacy lives on through the generosity of the Glick Philanthropies (including the Glick Family Foundation and The Glick Fund), the members of the Glick family and the Gene B. Glick Company.
“Our company has a long and proud tradition of giving back to the communities where we operate through our corporate social responsibility efforts and association with Glick Philanthropies,” said David Barrett, president and CEO of the Gene B. Glick Company and Glick Philanthropies. “People form the heart of our communities, and we cannot build great communities when our neighbors go to bed hungry. This program helps provide meals for children, families and seniors who lack consistent access to high-quality, nutritious food, and reduces food insecurity as an obstacle to self-sufficiency.”
The goal of Feeding Those in Need is to increase access to nutritious food in the communities where Gene B. Glick Company apartment communities are located. All grantees were nominated by local Glick staff, who gave input about area food programs and which organizations could best make use of the funding. “We are equally grateful to Fairington Apartments for being our sponsor on this grant. We could not provide this service without the support of the community,” said Boyd. Several seniors who reside in the complex receive the meals 5 days a week and during Soup for Seniors distribution every resident receives a large bag of nonperishable food.
Forty-two million Americans – about one in eight people– struggle with hunger, according to data from Feeding America. That includes 13 million children and more than 5 million seniors nationwide. In Virginia, there are more than 935,000 people, or 11.2 percent of the state’s population, who are considered food insecure, according to data from
. Too often, individuals and families facing food insecurity must choose between their nutrition and basic needs such as utilities, medical care and transportation in order to make ends meet.