Member of Foodshare's Bridging the Gap Campaign Cabinet
The first thing you think when you meet Craig Anderson is, “Here is a can-do guy.” He’s tall, fit, and vigorous, seeming to be moving forward even when he is sitting still. He has bright eyes and a beaming smile. In a conversation, he focuses intently on what you’re saying, and when he speaks it is always worth listening to. He just seems ready to get to work all the time.
As it happens, he is a can-do guy. A University of Connecticut graduate, he’s been involved in finance for his entire career. He’s been a Senior Vice President at UnitedHealthcare since 2002 and was at Arthur Andersen for 12 years before that. He’s also been involved with Foodshare for over ten years, first as board treasurer, then as board chair, and now as an honorary chair, a nominating committee member, and member of the cabinet for the organization’s building campaign.
Craig first got involved with Foodshare when he was at Arthur Andersen and worked with someone who was then on the Foodshare board. “He approached me and asked if I would be willing to come on the board as treasurer,” Craig says. “Like a lot of people, I had heard of Foodshare but didn’t really understand exactly what it did.” Craig figured that, like any business, a finance role is one of the best places to learn how the organization really works, so he decided to volunteer for the board.
“One of the things that really stood out to me about Fooshare is what I call the leverage factor: the fact that a dollar raised and spent by Foodshare’s operations can replace ten times that value of food on somebody’s table. There are very few nonprofit organizations that can add that much value or meet that much need per dollar of financial contribution. That’s one of the first things I learned and admired about the organization. One of the other things that struck me and made me want to stay with Fooshare was the number of children that the agencies ultimately serve. A person might wish to debate whether an able-bodied adult should need support systems, but you just can’t argue that a child should not be food insecure.”
And when he’s not at work or helping Foodshare? Family life is central for him, helping to raise 11- and 13-year-old boys.