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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 »

GSF Chicago Drivers Compete to Benefit Children Diagnosed with Brain Tumors

Every day, 13 children in the United States are diagnosed with a brain tumor. Last month, GSF Chicago veteran drivers Todd Allen and George Kouzoukas participated in the 6th Annual Safety Drive for a Cure, a truck safety and skills competition benefiting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF). The PBTF is the largest nonprofit dedicated to funding research and providing critical support programs for families battling the one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer, pediatric brain tumors. The PBTF provides emotional, social, educational and financial assistance to families in need dealing with this serious diagnosis. Continue reading »

GSFF Chicago Provides Over 600 Kids in Need with New Branded Shoes and Wraps Up National GSFF’s First Full Year of New Partnership

Having the right athletic shoes allows kids to participate in school play, live a healthy lifestyle and grow their confidence. Shoes may seem like an everyday, ordinary item, but for some families shoes are a luxury they can’t afford.  Families that the GSF Foundation support struggle with financial hardship and face difficulties when finding ways to provide proper footwear for their children.  Many kids go to school wearing shoes that are too large, too small or too tattered. Continue reading »

GSF Foundation Committees Raise $136,000 For Local Food Banks

One in six children in the United States is hungry, according to Feeding America, a national network of local food banks. In a nation where it’s reported that 50 million people go hungry every day and 40 percent of food from farm to table gets thrown away, hunger is a phenomenon that affects the most vulnerable among us – our children.

As part of its national food program, the GSF Foundation continued for the second year to host Feeding Hunger:  A “No Lunch” Lunch, a one-hour soup-kitchen style event to raise awareness and funds for childhood hunger.  Launched last year with GSF’s Garner, North Carolina committee, this year the event expanded to three additional locations. Continue reading »

2018 Associate Campaign Month Begins!

The GSF Foundation 2018 Associate Campaign month kicked off on September 1st! This year’s theme is “Heart 2 Heart!” and the Associate Campaign Chair is Bill Pocilujko, a 20-year veteran of GSF, who helps procure GSF’s fleet and other equipment through Centralized Leasing Corporation. To kick off the Campaign month, please enjoy the video below and see the heartfelt impact GSF associates have made in the lives of children and families in need.

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Together we have made quite a difference in our communities. Last year alone GSF associates:

  • Provided over 10,000 volunteer hours through generous service to more than 100 charitable partners.
  • Helped 12,000 elementary school students start the year off right with new backpacks filled with school supplies.
  • Provided 1,100 kids in need with bikes, and helped the kids build them with a mentor.
  • Helped grant 100,000 meals for hungry kids and give nutrition assistance twice a month to 85 families who are food insecure with the money raised through the new national food program Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch. The inaugural event raised $61,000 that benefitted two Garner-area organizations that serve kids in need.
  • Rallied over 75% involvement from our associates.

Throughout the month of September, all GSF, QCD and KanPak facilities will be holding Associate Campaign kickoff events to recognize the heart associates have put into make a difference in their communities and to encourage others to get involved. The need is still out there, and with our volunteers the GSF Foundation is determined to provide more food, support and heart to children and families.  Let’s continue to help those who need it most!

Back to School with GSFF Volunteers

It’s Back(pack) to School season! This year, GSF Foundation volunteers at 28 GSF, QCD and KanPak facilities will be helping 13,750 kids in need start the school year off right.

“For many children and families, backpacks and school supplies are simply not affordable purchases,” said Anna Lisa Lukes, executive director of the GSF Foundation and GSF director of corporate social responsibility. “The GSF Foundation believes that every child deserves to begin their academic career with the tools necessary to become an engaged and successful student, and we hope to be able to contribute to that effort with our Back(pack) to School program.”

Throughout August and September, GSF Foundation volunteers will be visiting schools across the country to donate backpacks filled with school supplies to kids entering the 2017/18 school year. The local Foundation committees work with school principals and administrators to identify those kids who are most in need of assistance.

“Providing these academic necessities to at-risk children promotes and encourages attendance as well as boosts self-confidence,” says Melissa Nolan, GSF Foundation KanPak chair and KanPak plant controller.

Thank you to all GSF Foundation associates who are volunteering their time to help their local kids succeed this year. Check out pictures from the field he​re!​

The National GSF Foundation Donates $25,000 to American Red Cross to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

As Hurricane Harvey’s storm begins to weaken, the devastation of the aftermath still looms. Hurricane Harvey is said to be the most powerful storm to hit the United States mainland in more than a decade. The federal relief needed is estimated to far surpass Hurricane Katrina, which to this day, was the costliest storm in U.S. history.

This storm has impacted hundreds of thousands of people, including GSF associates, their families and customers. To help ease the pain of those children and families suffering from the hurricane’s destruction, the National GSF Foundation will donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected.

“This contribution represents just one of the many ways that GSF associates have come together to help local children and families who have been impacted by this hurricane,” said Anna Lisa Lukes, GSF Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Executive Director, GSF Foundation, the charitable division of GSF whose mission is to serve children and families in need in the local areas where GSF associates live and work. “We will continue to keep all of those affected in our thoughts and prayers.”