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Sumner Associates Support Local Food Banks

Sumner associates volunteer at the Emergency Food Network. Left to Right: Chad Hopkins, Elaine Thompson, Jerry Smith, John Gelmini, Laura Kniss, Bob Schneider, Susan Hart, Donna Tietjens, Leon Dorscher, Cindy Nelson Photo Credit: Christina Garner

Sumner associates volunteer at the Emergency Food Network. Left to Right: Chad Hopkins, Elaine Thompson, Jerry Smith, John Gelmini, Laura Kniss, Bob Schneider, Susan Hart, Donna Tietjens, Leon Dorscher, Cindy Nelson
Photo Credit: Christina Garner

On November 6, 11 GSF associates from the Sumner, Wash., facility volunteered both their time and their muscle to pack an impressive 6,450 pounds of rice to be distributed to local area food banks.

Associates from the Sumner facility volunteer quarterly with the Emergency Food Network, and have been working for them for several years. The Emergency Food Network in Lakewood, Wash., provides Pierce County, Wash. with a consistent, diverse and nutritious food supply so that no person goes hungry. The organization serves as a central storage and distribution center for emergency food programs.

“Our associate volunteers deserve a round of applause for their hard work and effort to help fight hunger in our region,” said John Gelmini, Assistant General Manager. “Supporting an organization like the Emergency Food Network aligns well with our Creed and Values as a company, specifically of ‘treating others the way you want to be treated,’ and we’re proud to have worked consistently with them for the past several years.”

Thanks to the following associates for volunteering their time for a very good cause:

  • Leon Dorscher, Operations Supervisor
  • Christina Garner, Senior Accounting Clerk Payables, Sumner and Portland, and GSFF Sumner Communications Chair
  • John Gelmini, Assistant General Manager
  • Chad Hopkins, IT Support Specialist
  • Laura Kniss, Customer Service Field Rep and GSFF Sumner Chairperson)
  • Cindy Nelson, wife of Administrative Manager Don Nelson
  • Bob Schneider, Operations Supervisor
  • Jerry Smith, Transportation Manager
  • Elaine Thompson, Customer Service/Managed Supply Chain Manager
  • Donna Tietjens, Senior Administrative Assistant
  • Susan Hart, friend of GSFF