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Former IU athletic director to be CEO of Gleaners Food Bank

Fred Glass Gleaners CEO

Glass begins the position in September. (Taft Law / Gleaners Food Bank)

Fred Glass, former IU vice president and athletic director, will become the new CEO of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana in the fall. Glass is currently a partner at the Taft Law Firm in Indianapolis.  

Glass will work alongside the current CEO in September, after which he will be in the role full time.  

Leading Gleaners is unlike anything Glass has done in his professional career, but he said he has been wanting to work in human services for a while.  

Experiences he had growing up connected him with Gleaners’ mission. Glass’ father owned and operated a bar that would regularly serve people in need.   

“It’s one of the biggest things we’re called to do as neighbors, to feed the hungry,” Glass said.  

He has big goals for his time at Gleaners, including fully closing the meal gap within the counties the food bank serves.  

The meal gap, Glass said, is the metric used to identify people that are either going hungry or are food insecure.  

“The United States of America produces more food than any country in the world,” Glass said. “And we waste 40 percent of it. And about 15 percent of our population is food insecure.”   

He is confident that during his time as CEO, the gap can be narrowed and increasingly nutritious food can be delivered to even more areas.  

According to its website, Gleaners delivers to over 300 pantries and kitchens across 21 counties.    

Glass was candid about his expectations for the role. While he may not have all the operational knowledge yet, he said the organization chose him because of his skills as a leader.  

“I feel like what I’ve done to this point puts me in a great position to lead,” Glass said.  

Glass said he looks forward to growing Gleaners to the next level.  

“This is sort of the great culmination, the last act for me,” Glass said. “Being able to finish off with something that’s a pure service to those in need, is just an extraordinary opportunity.”  

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