Glenn Bergman is the Executive Director of Philabundance, Philadelphia’s largest food bank and hunger relief organization. But before that, he spent eleven years running Weavers Way, a community food co-op in Philadelphia’s Mount Airy neighborhood.
Now, his vision for hunger relief makes space for community-scale efforts, local agriculture, and sustainable food. When he’s not working to increase food access for all Philadelphians, he’s biking around town.
LiveGoodFast: What are your hopes for your work at Philabundance?
Glenn Bergman: I hope to improve the efficiencies of operations and to increase the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables coming through the system. And, I hope to work collaboratively with all the other people who are doing this work in the city of Philadelphia, the region, and statewide.
LGF: What do you have coming through the Philabundance warehouse today?
GB: Lots of bananas, and I’m sure we’ll have a lot of grapes soon coming from Chile. You never know when a farmer is going to call you wanting to drop off 35,000 pounds of cucumbers.
LGF: And how do you like to spend your days off?
GB: I love to bike around in Philadelphia. I love to go to Chinatown for dim sum. It’s one of my favorite things to do.
LGF: Where do you like to ride?
GB: I bike to work from Mount Airy. I usually ride down Kelly Drive and then through downtown. It’s a nice ride because every four or five blocks the neighborhoods change. Sometimes I stop at John’s Water Ice. Sometimes I get a slice of pizza at 9th and Christian. I also like Khmer Kitchen. Once in a while I’ll stop for a beer at Monk’s.
LGF: That’s quite a loop!
GB: My wife teases me that I’m the only person who could gain weight on a bike ride.
LGF: What would you tell a visitor to the city?
GB: I would tell him that if he wants to go out and have an expensive meal, that’s fine; but he can also come [to Philly] and eat fantastic food for really cheap. Thirty dollars is plenty for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It’s incredible.