I had the pleasure of attending the kick off of Vanguard’s 17th Annual “All Cans On Deck” food drive a few weeks ago in Malvern, Pennsylvania. This is nationwide event benefits food banks, crisis centers and hot meal programs and will also take place at Vanguard’s North Carolina and Arizona campuses. Vanguard has been an integral partner in the fight against hunger in Delaware – raising 61,422 pounds for us in just the past two years.
Each year, Vanguard employees host events like car washes, departmental competitions, auctioning off a parking spot (which last year was won by someone who commutes by train each day), sports tournaments and bake sales. The dollars raised from the events goes towards purchasing items for donation to the pre-selected non-profit organizations in the area. Each of the three campuses competes against one another, and the location that collects the most items wins!
The real winners however, are organizations like the Food Bank of Delaware that receive large volume, high-quality donations at a time in the year when donations can be scarce. The bulk of our food drives are normally held during the late fall and early winter months, around holidays, and the summer can be a low point for most food pantries and food banks. The timing of the All Cans On Deck food drive puts it at a great spot to keep the citizens of Delaware fed during the home stretch at the end of the summer. We have also been very successful in driving down the cost of our Backpack program for children by 26 percent by using items from this type of corporate donation.
Other organizations benefitting from the Pennsylvania campus’ drive include: The Chester County Food Bank, Crisis Care Ministry of Mercer County, The Salvation Army of Upper Darby and West Philadelphia and Philabundance. Each organization received a chance to speak at the kick off last week, most spending the time to thank Vanguard for their continued support, with one organization noting that the Vanguard food drive accounts for 95% of their donations received each year.
We always love hosting Vanguard Volunteers, and we are especially excited for July 18th when they will be coming in to help out at the conclusion of their food drive to sort their donations. A big thanks to the employees of Vanguard for what I’m sure will be another hugely successful year for All Cans on Deck!
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