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The GSF Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director, Tess McAnena

The GSF Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Tess McAnena! A GSF associate since February 2016, most recently Tess was responsible for the oversight of several core programs, including the effort to combat childhood hunger in our communities. Tess graduated from Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, and has lived in Orange County since she was a child. An attorney by trade, Tess has served in a number of legal and marketing positions, coupling her skills for law and business to provide thoughtful and creative solutions for the organization. Continue reading »

The GSF Foundation Granted $1.4 Million in 2018!

The GSF Foundation operates through 24 local committees across the U.S., and last year alone those committees collectively donated more than $1.4 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations that benefit children and families in the areas where GSF associates live and work.

The funds are raised by GSF associates through individual involvement and contributions, with as many as 80 percent of GSF’s associates actively engaged in the Foundation. Last year, those funds impacted 169 local nonprofits, including 45 individual Ronald McDonald House Charities! Continue reading »

Three GSF Foundation Committees Help Provide 300,000+ Meals

This past fall, three GSF Foundation committees hosted separate Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch events, where attendees learned firsthand what it’s like to receive a meal at a soup kitchen. The three committees, QCD in Charlotte, North Carolina, and KanPak in Arkansas City, Kansas and Penn Yan, New York hosted these events to raise funds, and ultimately food, for local food banks in their communities. Collectively, they raised enough money for the food banks to provide 305,000 meals to hungry children in need. Continue reading »

GSF Partners Donate $177,000 to the GSF Foundation

The 2018 “Partnership for Good” Vendor/Supplier Campaign led by Bill Sanderson, GSF Foundation Fundraising and Resource Committee Chair, had another successful year! Thanks to GSF’s generous business partners, $177,000 was raised to help children and families in need. That’s 13,721 backpacks for kids to start the school year off right, 11,062 shoes to allow kids to exercise and play, or 885,000 meals for the one in six kids who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Continue reading »

GSF Foundation Launches at the QCD Fontana Facility

On June 29, QCD Fontana became the 31st GSF Foundation Committee! QCD Fontana associates attended meetings to hear about the GSF Foundation’s mission and impact throughout the U.S. Associates also had the opportunity to learn about the local need in Fontana and surrounding communities, and how to get involved.

“Our associates at QCD Fontana are such great people who truly care about their community,” said Larkin Williams, General Manager, QCD Fontana. “Formalizing the Foundation here gives all of us a platform so that we can collectively join forces, and impact more children and families in our neighborhoods.”

Welcome to the GSF Foundation family, QCD Fontana!

QCD Charlotte Donates $36,000 to Help Provide 144,000 Meals to Hungry Kids

On June 8, 2018, QCD Charlotte Warehouse Manager John Sweat presented a check for $36,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina for Second Harvest’s childhood hunger programs. The funds donated by the GSF Foundation QCD Charlotte committee were raised at QCD Charlotte’s 2017 Inaugural Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch, an event that took place last November where attendees learned about childhood hunger in their local community and experienced firsthand what it’s like to receive a meal at a soup kitchen. The funds will enable Second Harvest to provide over 144,000 meals for hungry kids! Continue reading »

GSFF Sumner Partners with Local McDonald’s Owner/Operators to Donate 520 New Shoes to Children in Need

Sometimes families dealing with financial hardship struggle to provide suitable footwear for their kids to wear. Without proper shoes, kids are unable to participate in sports, recess and school activities, which not only keep them healthy but keep them engaged with other students.

Inspired by the GSFF Chicago’s donation in January, the GSFF Sumner team partnered with two local McDonald’s Owner/Operators to provide 520 kids at Mark Twain Elementary School with brand new athletic shoes. Mark Twain Elementary located in Federal Way, Washington is a Title I school (categorized as a school with a high percentage of low-income students), with over 72% of its students receiving free or reduced price lunch.

Laura Kniss, GSF Foundation committee chair and GSF customer representative supervisor, turned to her community to help make a difference for these students.

“The Sumner GSF Foundation Committee is so proud to partner with our valued McDonald’s customers, David Santillanes and Stan Pennock to help these children in need,” said Laura. “When we team up with other partners in the community, we’re able to make an even bigger impact, and together we’re helping hundreds of children in our backyard reach their fullest potential.”

Thank you to all of the Sumner, McDonald’s and local community volunteers who made this event a success!

Nine Facilities Commit to Helping Hungry Children in 2018

1 in 6 kids in the U.S. is hungry.

The GSF Foundation is committed to helping to change that. Last year, we raised funds that will enable our local partner food banks to give more than 650,000 meals to hungry kids in 2018.

The GSF Foundation’s Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch program is gaining momentum, and this year it’s scaling from four committees to nine. Make sure to check back for more information this summer!

Mark Wetterau Featured in Orange County Business Journal’s Annual “Giving Guide”

The Orange County Business Journal’s annual “Giving Guide” spotlighted GSF’s Chairman and CEO, Mark Wetterau, for his philanthropic vision and commitment to charitable giving through the GSF Foundation. Find out why he started the Foundation 16 years ago, and for his work with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. Continue reading »