No. We’re not a food shelter. Not at all.
Let us explain our brand and how it was born.
We’re Food Shelter Public Relations. We like to think the basic needs for survival in life are food and shelter. For the last decade, we’ve been providing companies with specific fundamental tools to succeed in their respective markets.
A dynamic, tenacious team of professionals with more than 25 years of combined experience, our candid, committed approach gets results. We focus on creating unique campaigns tailored to each client, and provide large agency services while offering individual, boutique firm attention to every detail.
Whether launching a service or product, building a reputation, or reaching corporate sales initiatives, we know a targeted marketing and communications campaign is vital for future success.
Feed Minds. Build Brands.
As Co-founder of Food Shelter PR, Joanne has 20 years of experience in the corporate, agency and non-profit industries. She brings with her a firm knowledge of the hospitality and consumer industry pertaining to media, crisis management and branding on a local, regional and national level. In addition to setting the internal corporate culture for the Food Shelter office, she oversees the overall daily client programs as well as handles new business initiatives.
Prior to Food Shelter PR, Joanne was the Public Relations Director at Restaurant Associates, a Compass Group subsidiary company, where she was responsible for external day-to-day publicity, marketing and event activities, in addition to internal corporate and investor communications. She also brought her PR expertise to M Booth and Associates, Ruder Finn, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
A graduate of Pace University with a degree in marketing communications and a minor in journalism, she is currently a member of the of Les Dammes Escoffier of Philadelphia, the Women’s Culinary Guild of Philadelphia, and the International Alliance of Culinary Professionals. She also holds a blue ribbon culinary degree from NYC’s Institute of Culinary Education and has worked with well-known chefs in New Orleans, Boston and New York.
Lorraine Gimblett has 20 years of experience in public relations, event management and message development. Her expertise in media relations for national, regional, consumer, business and trade press is an invaluable asset to Food Shelter’s clients. In addition to providing strategic direction for media campaigns and client counsel, Lorraine spearheads new business initiatives on behalf of Food Shelter PR.
Prior to Food Shelter PR, Lorraine was an executive at a public relations firm in New York City specializing in commercial real estate and design publicity. She has a thorough understanding of the dynamic commercial and residential real estate market and has represented brokerage firms, property owners, developers, architects, and engineers. She also served as the Marketing Director for Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s, bottled water company, Keeper Springs, executing sound marketing campaigns and increasing brand awareness.
Lorraine earned a MA in Political Management from George Washington University and a BA from Roanoke College. She is a member of CREW Philadelphia and Co-chairs the organization’s communications committee. In addition, she is an active member of the organizing committees for Taste of Nation Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Vendy Awards.
Mackenzie has almost a decade of experience in the PR industry, representing everything from vegan face scrubs to child psychologists, and has had great success garnering top-tier media placements across the board.
Prior to joining the Food Shelter team, Mackenzie worked for several lifestyle and beauty agencies in Manhattan. Mackenzie understands the importance of connecting to an audience, whether it’s through a newspaper, an online article, or an Instagram post. In addition to her pitching prowess, Mackenzie has planned dozens of successful events, with budgets of all sizes, and has helped create social media campaigns with several top-tier beauty and lifestyle influencers. She has also assisted in opening several retail locations for an international skincare brand, most notably it’s King of Prussia location.
A 2011 graduate of Villanova University with a degree in English, Mackenzie is thrilled to return to the Philadelphia area and flex her PR muscles through the firms’ eclectic roster of craft breweries, and hometown spirits.
A veteran of the restaurant and hospitality industry, Jon has seen great success in his PR career by representing a number of clients over the years, including a 300-acre farm in Pennsylvania and a Bon Appetit “Best New Restaurant”.
Before joining the team at Food Shelter, Jon began his PR career in Philadelphia in 2013. Jon has spearheaded a number of successful publicity campaigns, ranging from launching omakases at Whole Foods Market to organizing James Beard Foundation Dinners in New York City. Jon has implemented social media strategies with national outlets like Buzzfeed and GQ Magazine and assisted in restaurant and luxury hotel launches, all while amassing media placements from top-tier national, regional and local media outlets.
Jon graduated from Temple University in 2015 with a B.A. in Communications and a concentration in Public Relations and is excited to bring his skill set and passion to the Food Shelter PR team.
Jessie is a welcome addition to the team and brings a solid grasp of the hospitality, craft beer and spirits industry to the Food Shelter table. With a background in beer and food writing, she started in the industry as a social media intern working her way up to editor of a Philadelphia online publication. Previously, she spent multiple years as a digital marketing manager at a cyber-security start up where she assisted in growing the company’s social media and web presence as well as securing placements in tech publications.
Jessie graduated from Drexel University with a BS in Marketing, a Minor in Public Relations and a Certificate in Writing and Publishing.