Beginning immediately, the Vetri Foundation for Children will be known as Vetri Community Partnership and its tagline will be Eat. Educate. Empower.
Vetri Community Partnership began its healthy eating and food education programming in 2010. Since then, the organization has grown to include a school lunch program, after-school programs, culinary arts training programs, and summer programs for children. Today, it empowers more than 5,900 children and families to lead healthy lives through fresh food, hands-on experiences and education.
“Our new name, Vetri Community Partnership, better communicates who we are and our new tagline – Eat. Educate. Empower. – encapsulates what it is that we do,” explained organization founder Marc Vetri.
On Monday, it was announced that Vetri and his business partner Jeff Benjamin have agreed to sell their restaurant group, the Vetri Family, to Urban Outfitters, Inc. Vetri Community Partnership was not included in the acquisition and will continue to operate as an independent 501(c)3 organization. Vetri Community Partnership is positioning itself for growth in Philadelphia and nationwide as the Vetri Family restaurants expand to new markets – in Austin, TX this month, Washington D.C. in 2016 and more cities moving forward. As the Vetri Family restaurants continue to expand, Vetri and Benjamin are committed to bring their healthy eating message to all communities they serve.
As a result of the local growth and anticipated expansion, the Vetri Community Partnership has hired Marlene L. Olshan as Chief Executive Officer. Marlene served formerly as CEO of Big Brothers, Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania, as COO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and as a Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Human Services for the City of Philadelphia. Kelly Herrenkohl, who has served as Executive Director since 2012, will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer. Both Kelly and Marlene will lead the effort to bring more healthy initiatives to underserved schools and communities.
“We are thrilled to have Marlene on our team and are excited for this new chapter. We look forward to serving even more children and families,” said Herrenkohl.