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GSF Foundation in Charlotte Visits Levine Children’s Hospital

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!

Nearly 1,000 Kids in Need Receive Brand New Shoes Through the GSF Foundation’s Best Foot Forward Program

The Donation was Made Possible Thanks to the GSF Foundation Chicago Committee’s Partnership with Local McDonald’s Owner/Operators

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 »

GSF Foundation at QCD Charlotte Take Nine Local Kids in Need to Their First Hockey Game

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 Goes Mobile

gsf-fundation-app-home-screen2During this year’s annual Associate Campaign, the GSF Foundation officially launched their own mobile App.

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 »

Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch Raises More Than $56,000

fhnll-coverOn November 17, the GSF Foundation launched the inaugural Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch event in Garner, North Carolina. With the support of GSF associates and the local community, the event raised more than $56,000 for area organizations. Beneficiaries of the funds raised include the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, who for every dollar donated can provide the equivalent of five meals to families in need, and Community of Hope. Continue reading »

2017 Associate Campaign Celebrates 15 Years of Making a Difference

join-the-party-associate-campaign-logoAs the GSF Foundation moves into its 15th year, associates throughout the U.S. were invited to “Join The Party” to celebrate “15 Years of Making a Difference” in the lives of others in need through the annual Associate Campaign.

Approximately 74 percent of associates participated in the campaign and raised a whopping $855,154! That’s a 4 percent increase in participation from last year and a 5 percent pledge increase or nearly $40,000 – a new record for the largest amount pledged in any Associate Campaign since the Foundation’s inception in 2002. Additionally, 13 facilities achieved at least 80 percent associate participation, with Oak Brook, CLC, QCD Miami, and QCD Spokane achieving 100 percent participation. Continue reading »

GSF Foundation Launches New Program to Combat Childhood Hunger

fhnll-coverFeeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch launches in Garner, North Carolina

In an effort to help combat childhood hunger, the GSF Foundation will launch a new food program this November that will begin in GSF’s Garner, North Carolina facility. The program, Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch will be a one-hour soup kitchen-style lunch that will help raise awareness and funds for the cause of childhood hunger in the local Garner area. The event will be held on November 17, exactly one week before Thanksgiving Day. Continue reading »

September is our Associate Campaign Month!

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QCD Seattle’s Associate Campaign Kickoff!! Click on image to see more Associate Campaign event photos on the GSF Foundation’s Facebook page.

All month long, our GSF Foundation Committees nationwide are hosting their Associate Campaign kickoff meetings!  All of the Foundation’s programs are made possible through the financial contributions of our own GSF Associates. This year, our theme is “Join The Party!” and it’s meant to celebrate all of the Associates past and present who helped us get this far!

A shout out to the Associate Campaign meetings that have happened so far this month! The following are some meeting highlights from the past two weeks: Continue reading »

GSF Associates Donate Backpacks for Tenth Year Running

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GSF City of Industry Manufacturing (CIM) Donates 120 Backpacks to Beech Elementary School in Fontana, California.

To kick off the new school year, GSF associates through the GSF Foundation donated 12,000 backpacks to children across the country through their annual Back(pack) to School initiative.

In addition to 26 facilities participating in this year’s donation, many of GSF’s customers joined the cause, including Craftsmen Trailer, Gateway Industrial, Morning Star Packing and Taylor Farms, who combined donated more than 1,500 backpacks. Continue reading »

GSF Foundation Donates 1,300 Bikes during National Bike Month

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30 deserving children in San Juan Capistrano proudly pose with their newly built bicycles with the support of Golden State Foods associates and volunteers.

The GSF Foundation hosted the fourth annual national bike building program event on Saturday, May 14. This year, 26 GSF and Quality Custom Distribution (QCD) facilities participated in 16 events throughout the United States during National Bike Month. More than 1,300 bikes were built with the help of more than 1,000 volunteers, all driven by a common purpose to provide deserving school-aged children with their own, and often first, bikes. Now in its fourth year, the GSF Foundation national bike building program has donated 4,700 bikes to children in need.  These students come from local Boys and Girls Clubs and Continue reading »