Gleaners Honors Retiring President/CEO Cindy Hubert

Gleaners Honors Retiring President/CEO Cindy Hubert

Retiring President and CEO, Cindy Hubert, was honored by Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana at its annual Gala on Saturday evening.

Incoming President/CEO, John Elliott noted Hubert’s impact on hunger not just at Gleaners, but throughout the state. “First you transformed Second Helpings. Then you created and co-led the Indy Hunger Network – one of the best hunger collaborations in the United States,” Elliott said. “Then, you brought your transformational leadership to Gleaners at a critical time in its history.”

Accolades came from federal, state and local government, local philanthropists, and Gleaners itself. Brandon Herget, Deputy State Director for Senator Joe Donnelly, read an entry into the Congressional Record regarding Hubert’s work on behalf of hungry Hoosiers. Deputy Mayor, Jeff Bennett read a proclamation from Mayor Joe Hogsett proclaiming September 24th as Cindy Hubert Day in the City of Indianapolis. In addition, Hubert received the highly prestigious honor of being named a Sagamore of the Wabash. Marianne Glick presented Hubert with an original painting in honor of her retirement.

In a video tribute, Skip Adams, a partner with Ice Miller, LLC and former Board Chairperson at Gleaners, noted the impact of Hubert’s leadership. “Cindy arrived at Gleaners at a critical time when the economy was really starting to take a toll on families in central and southern Indiana,” he said. “We had to have someone at the helm that could help us acquire the food and marshal the resources to get food out into the community.”

In a final surprise of the evening, Gleaners Board Chairperson Jamie Browning announced that the Gleaners Community Cupboard would be renamed in her honor, as the Cynthia H. Hubert Community Cupboard.  “Cindy’s passion and commitment to the on-site food pantry is well known,” he said, noting her hands-on approach to the design and implementation of the food pantry. “Her focus was always on the experience of pantry visitors, how to make them feel comfortable, welcomed and valued,” he added.

Hubert typically deflected the praise referring to herself as “the caretaker of the organization.”  “I knew when I came to Gleaners that I wanted to make a difference,” she said. “It has been a privilege, and honor and a joy to be here every day.”