The GSF Foundation hosted its fifth national Build Your Bike event on Saturday, May 6. This year, more than 1,000 associates, friends and family members from Golden State Foods (GSF), Quality Custom Distribution (QCD) and KanPak facilities volunteered their time and built bicycles alongside 1,400 children in need in 24 local communities. All involved were driven by a common purpose to provide deserving school-aged children from local Boys and Girls Clubs and elementary schools with their own bikes.… Continue reading
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After seven years of dreaming and planning, the GSF Foundation blasted off with the “To the Moon and Back” competition on March 1. The 60-day program encouraged GSF associates to leverage the steps that they take on a daily basis in the warehouse, office and beyond to gain pledges for the Foundation. Hundreds of GSF associates participated in the competition, collectively logging 21,557 miles, and raising $79,713! The funds raised through the “To the Moon and Back” competition will benefit children’s charities in the communities where GSF associates live and work.… Continue reading
On April 4, 2017, the GSF Foundation Garner committee donated $40,000 to Community of Hope Ministries, a community-based organization that serves local hungry kids and families in need. To commemorate the donation and to drive awareness for food insecurity in the community, The Town of Garner has declared April 4, “Childhood Hunger Awareness Day.”
All funds donated by the GSF Foundation Garner committee were raised from its first annual Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch, an event that took place last November at GSF’s Garner facility. The fundraiser was a one-hour soup kitchen-style lunch, where attendees learned firsthand what it’s like to receive a meal at a soup kitchen.
On March 30, 2017, the GSF Foundation volunteers at QCD Charlotte presented a $5,000 check to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina Executive Director Kay Carter. Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina provides a regional distribution warehouse and branches that supply food and grocery items to charitable agencies that assist people in need in 19 counties in North and South Carolina.… Continue reading
GSF Sumner associates volunteered at Emergency Food Network’s Spring Break Bags Event on Saturday, March 25, 2017, and helped assemble bags of nutritious and kid-friendly foods that will be distributed to 2,000 kids in need attending Pierce County, Washington schools. Many children in Pierce County rely on their schools to provide free or reduced lunch during the week. When schools go on break, these meals are no longer provided and the children must find food elsewhere. The Spring Break Bags are distributed to children and their families the week prior to a school break so they will have fresh and nutritious food to get them through the school holidays.
Today, the Golden State Foods Foundation launched a nationwide campaign, “To the Moon and Back.” The volunteer competition leverages the steps that GSF associates take on a daily basis in the warehouse, office and beyond to gain pledges to reach an individual goal of two miles per day for 60 consecutive days. If each associate reaches their goal, GSF will log 477,710 miles, which is the equivalent distance from earth to the moon and back.… Continue reading
On February 17, 2017, the GSF Foundation volunteers at QCD Charlotte visited the Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. Levine Children’s Hospital is the largest children’s hospital between Atlanta and Washington, DC and had a full house of 234 beds occupied the day of the visit. The QCD Charlotte volunteers delivered coloring books, toys, cupcakes, balloons and games to the children, and had the opportunity to spend quality time with some of the children staying there.
Thank you for making a difference QCD Charlotte!
The GSF Foundation kicked off 2017 with the largest single Best Foot Forward program donation of brand new shoes to almost 1,000 children in need and brought joy throughout Chicago at four events held on January 30 and 31. Through the GSF Foundation, GSF Chicago associates partnered with Chicago McDonald’s Owner/Operators, John and Carmen De Carrier, to invest in brand new pairs of shoes for Chicagoland kids who were in need of essential footwear. The De Carriers also connected our local GSFF Committee with Hogar del Niño, Casa Central, Erie Neighborhood House, and Back of the Yards Neighborhood Organization, local community-based organizations that helped to identify the kids who needed shoes. Special thanks to GSF Associates who gave their time to hand out shoes at the events: Andre Ford, Charley Huggett, Dan Kerrigan, Elizabeth Orozco, Frank Cano, George Kouzoukas, Jason Jacobs, Jay Lee, Jesse Wisch, Jorge Valladares, Linda Velasquez, Mary Kay Gustafson, Nick Franek and Peter Peluso.… Continue reading
On January 28, 2017, the GSF Foundation volunteers at QCD Charlotte took a group of nine children served by The Relatives, a local youth crisis center, to a Charlotte Checkers hockey game. This was the first hockey game attended by the kids (ages seven to 16) and they had an opportunity to high-five the players coming off the ice during the first period of the game. Associates provided the kids in need with dinner, dessert, and they also received a Charlotte Checkers hat.
“The game lasted about three hours and during that time they forgot about their issues at home and enjoyed the game,” said Pete Van Saun, chair of the GSF Foundation Charlotte committee. Special thanks go out to the following associates who volunteered at the event: Anette Peterson, Brad Brodzinski, Davin McDowell, Gregg Pilkington, John Sweat, and Mitch Radulovich.
The GSF Foundation App allows users to receive real-time updates about Foundation activities directly on their phone without needing access to a computer.
The GSF Foundation is comprised of 28 local committees, and the GSF Foundation App will allow those committees to easily access and reference information about the Foundation at events, share images and video and easily post to the Foundation’s Facebook page.
The App also offers additional features, such as… Continue reading