An organization is only as good as it’s most valuable resource – people.  Soup Kitchen 411 is no exception; the heart and soul of our organization is our team and every member of the team is dedicated to the proposition that hunger is a solvable issue here in America.  We come from different backgrounds and with different skill sets but we all share a passion for what we do here.

Ziad Andrew Shehady

Ziad Andrew Shehady

Ziad Andrew Shehady is the Deputy Mayor of the Township of Springfield in Union County, New Jersey.  He is currently serving his third term on the governing body. Shehady served as Mayor of Springfield in 2010 and 2012. He has previously held positions on the Springfield Planning Board, Springfield Board of Health, Springfield Free Public Library Board of Trustees and the Union County Solid Waste Advisory Board.

Following the terrorist attack on our nation on 9/11, Shehady enlisted in the military as an Infantry soldier in the Army National Guard. He served in the Global War on Terror in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2004 to 2005 and reached the rank of Sergeant before receiving his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in August 2008. He has attained the rank of Captain and is currently assigned to the 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Headquarters in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

Shehady has worked for the New Jersey Legislature in District 21 where he was the Legislative Aide for the late Assemblyman Dr. Eric Munoz and Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz.  He also worked as the Director of Operations under former New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey for the Jersey City Employment and Training Program, a quasi-governmental agency that is the parent of the Martin’s Place Reentry Program, Martin’s Place Community Resource Center for the NJ Parole Board, and the NJDLWD-designated operator of the Jersey City One-Stop Career Center.

For more than ten years, Shehady has volunteered with the American Legion Jersey Boys State, a leadership and citizenship training program and serves on its Board of Trustees. Shehady is a member of the Advisory Board for Educate the Block, an organization that helps boost self-sufficiency and improves the workforce through training and employment opportunities in low-income communities. Shehady is on the Board of Directors of Root to Rise, Inc., a non-profit helping those affected by drug and alcohol abuses prevent addiction and relapse. Shehady was awarded his Bachelor of Arts in Politics, French and Linguistics from New York University.

“Soup KItchen 411 is a conduit, a pipeline, for the conscious public to become connected to a soup kitchen near them.”