Coleman, program director for Religious Community Services Inc., says the food bank fed 7,400 people in November. What's startling is that 48 percent of them were age 13 and younger, he said. There is a positive aspect to these grim numbers, however. After media reports that RCS was concerned the demand for holiday hams and turkeys between Thanksgiving and Christmas would overwhelm the agency, "the community really stepped up,'' he said. "We got several hundred hams and turkeys donated in December. It's something the community should be proud of.''
Coleman graduated from the University of West Florida with degrees in philosophy and political science. He also holds a master's in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern along with a postgraduate certificate from the University of Florida in geriatric care.
What's on your nightstand?
I'm a Jack London fan. I have two books of his out. I just made my way through Sea Wolf, and now I'm reading his short stories. I'm also reading for pure recreation George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones. It's hard to put down.
Are you into fantasy literature?
Not entirely. Martin just really is enjoyable. I like his imagery.
When it comes to your work, do you recommend certain books?
Daniel Quinn's Ishmael. I also read frequently Cornel West of Princeton University. He's a good one to follow on social issues.
Did either guide you in career decisions?
I was reading Daniel Quinn, and yes, he could be part of the tapestry that led to my decisions.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer