Impacting Our Communities
Today's business is about more than just commerce. It requires that we operate in unison with our associates, communities, and governments to foster greater economic development and sustainability. At its core is the connection of people and communities. Throughout our company's history, we've found that we grow by investing not only in our business, but also in the communities we serve.
Nationally, PFG has entered into a partnership with Feeding America to end hunger in America. Over the past 5 years, our companies have donated $500,000 and over 3 million pounds of product. We are a strong supporter of local food banks through product donations and food drives, volunteerism, board membership, and financial support. At a local level, we also share our knowledge on food and the distribution of food so that we can go beyond just donating time and money – we can help to build better processes and efficiencies as well.
Here are some ways that PFG and our associates are giving back:
For the past 15 years, PFG‐Customized Tennessee has worked with vendors to procure and donate all of the vegetables needed for Thanksgiving dinners for food bank customers. Through its relationship with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, which dates back 20+ years, Customized Tennessee also helps feed thousands of local children through the Kids Café program and they donate approximately 250,000 pounds of food annually.
PERFORMANCE Foodservice (Headquarters)
In June 2010, Performance Foodservice sponsored Broad Appetit – a Richmond area event that aims at doing 2 things that are near and dear to our hearts: raising money for the Central Virginia Food Bank and promoting the amazing food at our area restaurants.
PERFORMANCE Foodservice – Little Rock
Over the past year, Little Rock has donated over 90,000 pounds of food to the Arkansas Food Bank, and 2,000 pounds of food to two local homeless shelters. The Associates in Little Rock participate in the Summer Cereal Drive, hosted by a local TV station for the Arkansas Food Bank. This year alone, the OpCo was able to provide over 20,000 boxes of cereal that will go toward feeding children during the summer months that the school breakfast program is not available to them.
PERFORMANCE Foodservice - Springfield ROMA
Performance Foodservice – Springfield partnered with the local Food Pantry of Pioneer Valley USO by inviting men and women in uniform to their recent food show event and donating all of the remaining food products to the USO food pantry. The Pioneer Valley USO Food Pantry, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for the men, women, and families of the armed forces through social, recreational, educational and entertainment programs and services, is part of the Westover Air Reserve Base. Ray Saccoccio, of the Pioneer Valley USO said, “We were able to stock our shelves in one day with what would have taken over a month to do with normal donations.” Two truckloads of product were donated to the USO Food Pantry by Springfield and the vendors and brokers attending the show.
Vistar and Roma
Light the Night has long been supported by Vistar and their associates. As a 2009 National Sponsor of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk, Vistar and Roma raised more than $120,000 to help towards life saving research and treatments towards blood cancer. Our own Lisa Straffon ran for and won The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 2009 Woman of the Year in the Denver area. Lisa raised more than $26,000 from family, friends, and Vistar/Roma suppliers.
For more information about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or the Light the Night Walk, please visit their website at: www.lightthenight.org.