Gloria M. Van Treese
Chief of Food Distribution
Bureau of Food Distribution
Division of Marketing and Development
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Gloria Van Treese has been Chief of the Bureau of Food Distribution in the Division of Marketing and Development for seven years. The bureau administers the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Distribution Program for the National School Lunch Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Emergency Food Assistance Program, and disaster feeding program. Pursuant to these programs, the bureau distributes approximately 85 million pounds of USDA commodity food annually to schools, emergency feeding organizations and other eligible recipient agencies.
Gloria also serves as the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' emergency coordinating officer for Emergency Support Function 11 which is responsible for providing food, water and ice for disaster victims in Florida.
Gloria started her career with the Department in 1982 with the Division of Consumer Services where she attained the position of Chief of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. In that role, she was responsible for providing assistance to consumers and the development, implementation and enforcement of a number of consumer protection laws.
Prior to joining the Department, she was a Special Assistant to U.S. Senator Richard Stone serving as a liaison with constituents and federal agencies on a variety of issues. She has also worked as a Research Assistant at Florida State University.
Gloria is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in social work and is a Certified Public Manager. She is also a graduate of the first Florida Leadership Succession Training Program and is the Southeast Representative to the American Commodity Distribution Association.