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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.”

The GSF Foundation Continues Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch in Four Locations this Fall!


By Melissa Primm, GSFF Volunteer and Pete Van Saun, GSFF Chair, QCD Charlotte

QCD in Charlotte, North Carolina looks forward to launching our Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch event on November 16, 2017 benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. We’re excited to host the event at Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church and we’re thankful for the sponsors who have already joined to help this cause, including: Rehrig, Vector, Salem Leasing, Cool Runnings, Carrier, Raymond, Carolina Handling, Chick-fil-A, Staff Masters, Quick Fuel and many more!


By Cathlyn Baris, GSFF Chair, GSF Lexington

On November 15, 2017, the GSF Lexington, South Carolina Committee will host our Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch event, in partnership with Harvest Hope, a Feeding America affiliate that services 20 counties in South Carolina. With the support of the local community, we’ve developed an honorary committee that includes the State Superintendent of Education, Molly Spearman; Lexington Mayor, Steve MacDougall; Columbia Mayor, Steve Benjamin; and Cayce Mayor, Elise Partin. We’ve already received sponsorships, including a $10,000 Platinum Sponsorship from Ritchie McQueeney of Thermo King. The event will take place at The Hall at Senate’s End, and to date, we’ve raised $16,000 and are excited to watch that amount grow!


By Connie Shire, GSFF Chair, KanPak, Kansas

GSF KanPak in Arkansas City, Kansas is partnering with the Kansas Food Bank to a host a Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch event on November 16, 2017 at the Cowley County Community College Brown Center. To help support our event, we’ve created an honorary committee, which includes City Manager of Arkansas City, Nick Hernandez; Arkansas City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Ron Ballard; Cowley County Engineers Office Manager, Secretary for Community Emergency Response Team, and the Secretary/Treasurer for Cowley County Emergency Auxiliary, Crystal Merz; GSF Foundation Co-Chair and KanPak Project Manager, Connie Shire; KanPak Kansas General Manager, Shane Solberg; and KanPak Kansas Plant Manager, Darren Blackburn.

GSF Foundation Holds Regional Trainings for Foundation Chairs

The GSF Foundation held three regional training events in the month of June where volunteer GSF Foundation Chairs from 27 GSF, QCD and KanPak facilities participated in two-day trainings at Chicago (for Central local chairs), CID (for Western local chairs) and Conyers (for Eastern local chairs). The Foundation leaders took part in interactive sessions on servant leadership, succession planning, fundraising, project management and grant making. They also engaged in an emotional intelligence and communications workshop and in a case study about the future direction of the Foundation. Continue reading »

The GSF Foundation Raises More than $300,000 from the “Partnership for Good” Campaign


The GSF Foundation completed the 2016/2017 “Partnership for Good” Vendor/Supplier campaign that started in October 2016. The campaign, which invites vendors, suppliers and other partners to support the Foundation by providing donations that help children and families in the communities where GSF associates lives and work, brought in a total of $312,300! Continue reading »

GSF Foundation Volunteers Donate Bicycles to Nearly 1,400 Kids in Need

The GSF Foundation hosted its fifth national bike building event on Saturday, May 6. This year, more than 1,000 associates, friends and family members from Golden State Foods (GSF), Quality Custom Distribution (QCD) and KanPak facilities volunteered their time and built bicycles alongside 1,400 children in need in 24 local communities. All involved were driven by a common purpose to provide deserving school-aged children from local Boys and Girls Clubs and elementary schools with their own bikes. Continue reading »

The GSF Foundation Raises $79,713 from the “To the Moon and Back” Competition

​After seven years of dreaming and planning, the GSF Foundation blasted off with the “To the Moon and Back” competition on March 1. The 60-day program encouraged GSF associates to leverage the steps that they take on a daily basis in the warehouse, office and beyond to gain pledges for the Foundation. Hundreds of GSF associates participated in the competition, collectively logging 21,557 miles, and raising $79,713! The funds raised through the “To the Moon and Back” competition will benefit children’s charities in the communities where GSF associates live and work. Continue reading »

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 »