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GSF Foundation at Garner Donates $40,000 on “Childhood Hunger Awareness Day”

On April 4, 2017, the GSF Foundation Garner committee donated $40,000 to Community of Hope Ministries, a community-based organization that serves local hungry kids and families in need. To commemorate the donation and to drive awareness for food insecurity in the community, The Town of Garner has declared April 4, “Childhood Hunger Awareness Day.”

All funds donated by the GSF Foundation Garner committee were raised from its first annual Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch, an event that took place last November at GSF’s Garner facility. The fundraiser was a one-hour soup kitchen-style lunch, where attendees learned firsthand what it’s like to receive a meal at a soup kitchen.

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GSF Foundation at QCD Charlotte Donates $5,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

On March 30, 2017, the GSF Foundation volunteers at QCD Charlotte presented a $5,000 check to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina Executive Director Kay Carter. Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina provides a regional distribution warehouse and branches that supply food and grocery items to charitable agencies that assist people in need in 19 counties in North and South Carolina. Continue reading »

Sumner Volunteers Help Assemble Bags of Nutritious Foods for 2,000 Students in Need

GSF Sumner associates volunteered at Emergency Food Network’s Spring Break Bags Event on Saturday, March 25, 2017, and helped assemble bags of nutritious and kid-friendly foods that will be distributed to 2,000 kids in need attending Pierce County, Washington schools. Many children in Pierce County rely on their schools to provide free or reduced lunch during the week. When schools go on break, these meals are no longer provided and the children must find food elsewhere. The Spring Break Bags are distributed to children and their families the week prior to a school break so they will have fresh and nutritious food to get them through the school holidays.

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The GSF Foundation is Going “To the Moon and Back” with Former NASA Flight Director, Eugene Kranz!

Today, the Golden State Foods Foundation launched a nationwide campaign, “To the Moon and Back.” The volunteer competition leverages the steps that GSF associates take on a daily basis in the warehouse, office and beyond to gain pledges to reach an individual goal of two miles per day for 60 consecutive days. If each associate reaches their goal, GSF will log 477,710 miles, which is the equivalent distance from earth to the moon and back. Continue reading »

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.

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Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch Raises More Than $61,000

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 $61,000 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 »