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:
Performance Foodservice ‒ Milton’s
Our operating company in Oakwood, Georgia works closely with the nearby Georgia Mountain Food Bank (GMFB), which serves five counties in North Georgia. Last summer, Milton’s Summer Lunch Bags program provided more than 13,000 meals to those in need including children and seniors during an eight-week period. Milton’s solicited product donations from vendors and associates volunteered their time to assemble the lunch bags. For 2012, this PFG operating company donated more than 51,000 pounds of food and over $13,000 in funding. For PFG’s National Food Drive in September 2013, Milton’s donated more than 6,000 pounds of food and nearly $4,000 to the GMFB in that month alone.
We recently partnered with Goochland Free Clinic & Family Services, a non-profit organization that provides access to health care and basic human services to residents in need near our headquarters office in Virginia. In March 2013, PFG donated hams and turkeys to more than 100 local families to make their Easter dinner just a little more special. To help kick off the Fourth of July holiday, PFG volunteers cooked up hamburgers and hot dogs for more than 80 families and friends of the non-profit. In addition to the cookout, each family received a gift pack containing 5 lb. of hamburger patties, 2 lb. of hot dog franks and a package of cheese slices for their own family cookout.
Performance Foodservice/ROMA ‒ Denver
During our four-week National Food Drive campaign in September 2013, this operating company donated a staggering 102,386 pounds of food and critical items to their local food bank. They partnered with a key vendor to secure a huge product donation of non-perishable food items and organized special events during the campaign to engage associates and create excitement.
Our Vistar business segment has supported the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night fundraising event for many years. Since 2002, Vistar has raised more than $1 million for the non-profit organization to help fund therapies and treatment advances for blood cancer patients. For more information about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or the Light the Night Walk, please visit their website at www.lightthenight.org.
In early 2014, PFG Customized-Georgia partnered with Wendy's and its supply chain co-op (QSCC) on a product donation to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Nearly 3,000 cases of flatbread were donated following the completion of Wendy's limited-time flatbread grilled chicken sandwich promotion. The Atlanta Community Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, put the donation to good use by serving its many members in need.