Who We Are
The GSF Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in need in the areas where GSF associates live and work. Established in 2002, the Foundation is a natural extension of Golden State Foods’ values-based business. Funded and run by GSF associate volunteers and supported by its business partners, community partners and customers, the Foundation operates under the direction of an executive board, which includes national representation from local GSF volunteers. As many as 70% to 80% of GSF associates actively support the Foundation through personal involvement and contributions in 28 local committees across the United States – uniting their hearts and hands for good. Click here to view our Board of Directors »
What We Do
The GSF Foundation provides strategic financial and volunteer assistance to hundreds of nonprofit organizations that need support in bringing hope and healing to children and families in need. This includes those without homes or life’s basic necessities, who have been abused or neglected, who are mentally or physically challenged, who have terminal illnesses and other at-risk individuals. The Foundation provides this support through its various programs, educational tools, healthy lifestyle opportunities and financial donations. The GSF Foundation is funded through annual campaigns, fundraisers and individual contributions. Because it’s volunteer-run, 100 % of associate financial contributions go directly to help those in need.
Our Core Programs
The growth of the Foundation is due in part to the unique blend of engaged business partners and empowered associates. Each has contributed to the development of a number of multifaceted efforts such as providing shoes, coats and other necessities of life for children who would otherwise go without. Several of these programs are aimed at providing kids tools, supplies and motivation to help them make the most of their education.
Back(pack) to School is a backpack donation program that provides first grade students in need with a backpack filled with essential supplies, so they can begin the school year ready to learn, do homework and participate in class. Providing these academic necessities to at-risk children also promotes and encourages attendance as well as boosts self-confidence.
Best Foot Forward is a shoe donation program that provides new shoes to children who cannot afford them, thus enabling them to participate in their schools’ physical education programs. By having the right shoes to participate in exercise activities at school, this program helps combat rapidly increasing obesity rates in at-risk children, which also leads to improved attitudes and greater self esteem.
The GSF Foundation’s bike building program provides second- and third-grade school children in need with their own, and often very first, bicycle they build themselves under the guidance of a caring mentor. This program teaches fundamental life skills such as goal setting, safety, the value of hard work to achieve goals, and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle through physical activity.
Coats for Kids is a coat donation program that provides children in need with new and warm coats for winter. By providing warm coats for the winter season, this program ensures at-risk children stay warm and comfortable regardless of the temperature, which enables them to attend school regularly and helps build their self-confidence.
Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch is the GSF Foundation’s new food program launched in November 2016. This annual one-hour soup kitchen-style lunch raises awareness and funds for the cause of childhood hunger. Attendees receive a bowl of soup and a p …
The Pedal to Perfection program raises student attendance rates by rewarding elementary school children with a new bike at the end of the school year if they achieve nearly perfect attendance. School attendance is crucial to realizing academic success, so this program encourages behaviors in at-risk children that foster the attainment of educational goals and aspirations.
One unique component of the GSF Foundation is its valued partnerships. By teaming up with hundreds of business and charitable partners, the Foundation is able to increase both its financial and volunteer service contributions substantially, thus expanding its reach to more communities. Not only are these partners contributing financially, they are actively engaged in the communities they serve. Learn more about our partnerships »