FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Barbara H. Bergen
Long-Time Anti-Hunger Advocate Resigns as MAZON President
Los Angeles, March 2, 2010 – Dr. H. Eric Schockman, president of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, announced his resignation today. Serving at the helm of one of the country’s leading anti-hunger advocacy organizations for nearly a decade, Schockman oversaw a broad range of significant accomplishments. During his tenure, MAZON expanded its international grantmaking and established itself as a vital first-responder to crises from Hurricane Katrina to the Asian tsunami to the recent devastation in Haiti. Schockman was a fixture on the national hunger-relief landscape and served as chairman of the National Association of Hunger Organizations (NAHO), which under his direction developed the Blueprint to End Hunger, a highly regarded policy proposal embraced by an influential coalition of legislators and community leaders.
Barbara H. Bergen, who formerly served as MAZON’s Vice President and General Counsel, has been named Acting President.
Founded in 1985, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a national nonprofit organization that allocates donations form the Jewish community to prevent and alleviate hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds. Each year< MAZON grants over $4 million to more than 300 carefully screened hunger-relief agencies, including emergency relief food providers, food banks, multi-service organizations and advocacy groups that seek long-term solutions to the hunger problem.
MAZON (“food” in Hebrew) believes its dual purpose is to provide for those who are hungry today and to address the systemic causes of hunger and poverty, both domestically and globally. Although grants are provided to many organizations serving the Jewish poor, in keeping with the best of Jewish tradition MAZON believes it is important to respond to all who are in need. MAZON is supported by over 100,000 donors, who incorporate social justice and hunger relief as components of their everyday lives.