09/25/2013 by | Comments (0)
Every year around this time, Foodbank employees gather in our main warehouse for a little bit of fun that benefits an important cause – the United Way of Greater St. Louis.
The St. Louis Area Foodbank is a proud member agency of the United Way. We’re just one of more than 170 area agencies that receive funding from the United Way. Those funds are used to further our mission of feeding hungry people throughout the bi-state region.
At our employee United Way rally we remind our fellow staff members that when they support the United Way, they’re not only supporting the work that we do here at the Foodbank, but they are helping the entire community.
Our United Way rally planning committee, headed by our Food Drive Coordinator Casey Milton, always ensures that we’re not just raising funds, but also employees’ spirits.
Casey always comes up with a theme for the day. Rally committee members usually end up dressing in some sort of costume based around the theme and this year was no exception.
Our 2013 theme was The County Fair. There was a ring toss game, a pie-eating contest, hot dogs, hay bales, funnel cakes and much more. There was even a dunking booth. Weeks prior to the rally, employees could vote (for $1 each) for who they wanted to see in the dunking booth. The top two vote-getters (our President & CEO, Frank Finnegan, and our Inventory Control Manger, Tim Jackson) each spent 15 minutes praying that their fellow employees had bad aim.
Employees could purchase tickets to participate in various games throughout the day for the chance to win some really great prizes.
The totals are still being calculated, but it looks like we’re on pace to exceed last year’s fundraising totals.
The more we raise through the rally and payroll deductions, the more people in our community get helped. We might as well have some fun while we’re doing it.
09/18/2013 by | Comments (0)
When you deal with millions of pounds of food each year, food safety is a top priority.
The American Institute of Baking (AIB) is committed to protecting the safety of the global food supply chain and delivering high value educational and technical programs.
AIB International performs detailed audits on companies in the food industry to determine if they are practicing necessary food safety measures to protect consumers.
The St. Louis Area Foodbank recently received high marks from AIB International.
It was a long road, but with dedication and lots of hard work, we scored with the best of the best in the food industry.
It took the efforts of many different individuals to receive a superior rating.
By far, the biggest improvement we’ve made at the Foodbank is the culture. The warehouse staff, drivers and facilities departments all take food safety seriously. Our staff has been trained, educated and we’ve incorporated steps into our processes to ensure the communities we serve have safe food to eat each day.
We have always held food safety to a high standard for the clients we serve. Once the food leaves our facility, we expect that it will be stored properly at our partner agencies before being distributed to food insecure individuals.
Our agencies face unique challenges such as adequate transportation of cold items and storage, but neither is an excuse for poor food safety. The AIB audit put us to the test to ensure that each step in the distribution process has measures in place to prevent food contamination.
So, what’s next? We are already planning and preparing for our next AIB audit that will take place in the next 12 to 18 months. I like to think of food safety as continuous improvement and we are determined to remain a leader in the Feeding America food bank network.
Tim Jackson is the inventory control manager at the St. Louis Area Foodbank
09/10/2013 by | Comments (0)
Thank you for all of your hard work Sharon!
09/04/2013 by | Comments (0)
Orange is the New Black
Hunger Action Month kicked off Sunday and hopefully you’ve had a chance to download our“30 Ways in 30 Days” calendar (if not, you can do that here).
On Thursday, September 5, we’re encouraging everyone to wear orange to work, school, or wherever you may be. Before you say it…yes, you do look good in orange! It could be a shirt, a tie, a bracelet, or a hat. However, you decide to show your support for hunger relief and the St. Louis Area Foodbank, we want to see it.
Take a picture and post it to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #GoOrangeSTL. If you don’t have anything orange in your wardrobe, take your picture next to something orange that you see around town. Let’s show the world that the bi-state region is committed to fighting hunger in our community. We can’t wait to see all your pics!
Change your Facebook and Twitter profile pictures orange for the month of September
Choose your profile image:
Ryan Farmer is the communications manager at the St. Louis Area Foodbank.
08/28/2013 by | Comments (0)
Office FUNdraising Party | Part 3
"Car people" live for days like this…the unveiling of a new model. It's the opportunity to be one of the first in country to sit in the seats, test out the features, and brag to your friends about the experience.
Recently, Frank Leta Acura held an event at their dealership previewing the new Acura 2014 MDX.
From 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., customers were greeted with live music, drinks, hor d'oeuvres and giveaways.
For every 2014 MDX pre-ordered that day, Frank Leta Acura donated $1,000 to that customer's charity of choice. The St. Louis Area Foodbank was one of 17 nonprofit organizations from which customers could choose, and we were fortunate that one customer did in fact choose us!
Management at the dealership saw the value in helping those in need and gave their customers an opportunity to help an organization by doing something they were already planning to do, order a new car.
By partnering with us on this event, Frank Leta Acura gave their customers a unique experience, drove traffic to their dealership, gave their employees a fun night, and helped serve the community at large. It was yet another great example of how creating an event or throwing a party at work benefiting the Foodbank can yield tremendous results for all parties involved.
To learn more about Frank Leta Acura, please visit their website by clicking here.
Patrick Delhougne is the development associate at the St. Louis Area Foodbank.