Since its inception more than 60 million dollars collected and volunteered more than 285,000 hours by GSF employees, Supporting more than 600 local charities and schools across the US
IRVINE, California., September 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The GSF Foundation (GSFF), the nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in need through personal engagement and contributions in the areas where Golden State Foods (GSF) employees live and work, is celebrating her 20th birthday todayth anniversary, raising more than 60 million dollars, donated 285,000 service hours and supported over 600 local charities and schools since its launch. During the 20thth In the anniversary year, employees are taking on the challenge of increasing their community service by volunteering 20 hours or more by the end of 2022. As GSFF marked 20 years today, 09/20The nonprofit’s 28 local teams across the US participate in a “Day of Service” to give back through activities such as:
“Over the past two decades, our caring, generous volunteers have given their time, talent and treasure to improve the lives of children and families in need across the country,” said GSF Chairman and Chief Executive Office Mark Wetterau. who established the GSF Foundation in 2002 and serves as the GSFF Board Chairman. “The GSF Foundation continues the 75-year legacy of our values-based, people-first culture and demonstrates that our company and employees are not just about doing things Good in our shops, but also in doing Well in the communities where we work and live. The GSF Foundation is truly the creed and values of the GSF in action!”
Since 2002, the GSF Foundation has been building on the existing social commitment of GSF employees. As a volunteer-run and funded non-profit organization, the Foundation has employed up to 80 percent of its employees to lead its local GSFF committees, volunteer their time to serve others, nominate local charities for support, and donate financially to support 100 percent of Foundation programs finance. of associated contributions that directly benefit those in need. Through partnerships with employee-selected schools and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations aligned with the Foundation’s mission, each GSF location encourages its team to organize volunteer activities, grants, and core programs that serve children and families in the communities , in which employees live and work.
Responsible for the involvement of more than 6,000 GSF staff and a growing network of nearly 30 national committees, GSFF executive directors Tess McAnena oversees all of the Foundation’s activities, including strategic planning, fundraising and organizational management.
“Giving back is so important to our employees, who have accomplished so much and will achieve much more through their full commitment to the community,” said McAnena. “As the GSF Foundation celebrates 20 years of positive impact on the lives of children and families in our communities across the United States, what better time to commemorate the continued contributions of our employees and inspire their future engagement for decades to come! “
Empowered employees and supportive business partners have contributed to the development of several multifaceted programs that provide the necessities of life to children who would otherwise do without them. The Foundation’s core programs include:
- Back (pack) to schoolwhich has provided nearly 157,000 backpacks full of essential supplies to needy elementary school students so they can start the school year ready to study.
- Best foot forwardwhich has delivered more than 28,000 pairs of new shoes to children who cannot afford them so that students can participate in their schools’ physical education programs.
- coats for childrenwhich gave children in need more than 6,000 new, warm coats for the winter.
- GSFF BIKE BUILD™ and Step into perfectionwho have collectively donated 9,000 bikes, in addition to the Bike Build program which offers youngsters the opportunity to build their own – and often very first – bike with the guidance of a caring GSFF mentor.
- Focus on foodwhich has supported local food banks in their efforts to alleviate childhood hunger by funding more than two million meals for food insecure families since 2020, in addition to millions more meals provided by others since the GSFF was founded 20 years ago programs and community leadership were donated.
Alleviating hunger goes down well with GSF employees
GSF has been a leading supplier to the hospitality industry for 75 years and today feeds one billion people worldwide every day, and employees in GSF’s food manufacturing and distribution businesses share a deep connection to the fight against hunger. In addition to food insecurity-focused fundraising and grantmaking, volunteers are storing donations in pantries, collecting produce in fields, and distributing food to neighbors in need. GSF employees have also made their warehousing and transport logistics expertise available to help food banks operate more efficiently and safely. In addition, the company’s involvement in the fight against hunger includes:
- Excess bottle milk donations: In recent years, GSF employees have continued GSFF’s 20-year legacy of hunger relief initiatives in innovative ways, including turning surplus milk into truckloads of aid to vulnerable families in Southern California and Kansas. Since June 2020Through donations and sale at cost, the company and foundation have shipped millions of bottles of premium, long-life whole milk to US food banks.
- Supporting the Food Rescue Program: Working with customer initiatives, GSF sales associates supported Starbucks’ 2020 No Food Wasted program and continue to collaborate on FoodShare donation logistics across the company’s 24 US distribution centers. According to GSFs Seattle Starbucks launched FoodShare in early 2019, expanding the ready-to-eat meal rescue program to more than 4,800 Starbucks stores nationwide, which donated over 31 million meals to 23 Feeding America food banks with operational support from GSF.
- Community Food Bank leadership: Supporting nonprofit organizations like Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County (near GSF’s global headquarters) GSF leaders have served as Board members and Advisory Committee members for the past two decades. In the mid-2000s, as a board member of Second Harvest and chairman of the board of GSFF, Wetterau led the capital campaign to raise more than 8 million dollars to transform the newly donated facility of the Tafel irvine.
About the GSF Foundation
The employee-led, employee-funded nonprofit GSF Foundation was established in 2002 to improve the lives of children and families in need. A natural extension of Golden State Foods’ values-based business, the foundation supports those in the areas where GSF employees live and work through personal engagement and contributions. Building on the existing charitable commitment of its employees, the GSF Foundation works with hundreds of employee-nominated local charities to help worthy organizations and the individuals they serve across the United States. Since its inception, the foundation has raised more than 60 million dollars to help the needy.
Emma LaPalermo, Porter Novelli
SOURCE Golden State Foods