By Caitlin Custer, Donor Outreach Coordinator
On July 14, Vanguard held its 18th annual All Cans on Deck food drive in Malvern, Pennsylvania. This is the second year I have had the pleasure of attending, and it did not disappoint! This is a nationwide food drive among Vanguard offices that exemplifies their core values of Crew, Clients and Community. The drive benefits multiple organizations including local food banks, crisis centers and meal programs. Worldwide, Vanguard raised 414 tons of food, or around 828,000 pounds!
Food drives like Vanguard’s come at a crucial time during the summer when donations are down and pantry shelves are beginning to become bare, and while the bulk of our food drives are held during the fall and winter months, we desperately need donations throughout the spring and summer as well.
Each year employees take part in different events and food drive activities to raise the donations needed to give out to their community. This year crew members, as they are called, created can structures from their items (much like our DelawareCAN competition coming up in September) and building captains created a mini-golf course out of cans. There were also karaoke and free- throw contests to engage crew members and create involvement around the issue of hunger in the Delaware Valley. The management team also sponsored barbecue lunches, and there were dunk tanks set up with managers offering themselves up to be dunked for donations, which were used to purchase items for each organization.
Vanguard stepped in this year and offered to provide items specifically for our Backpack program along with their donation of canned goods. The Backpack Program offers students across the state that rely on the federal school lunch program for meals during the school week, the ability to take a kit home which provides four meals and two snacks to keep them fed over the weekend. Some of the other items, like cases of canned green beans, peas and corn will be used in our Thanksgiving for All holiday meal boxes.
Vanguard’s total donation this year brought in a whopping 43,893 pounds for the Food Bank of Delaware! We needed three trucks to bring all of the donations back! Luckily, Angel (Fleet and Routing Coordinator), Brian (Lead Warehouse Associate) and Bryan (Driver) were each available to drive a truck up that morning, but we still had to go back for one more round. We were fortunate again this year that Vanguard crew members were able to come to the Food Bank the next morning to volunteer and sort through some of their donations so we can get it out as quickly as possible.
Congratulations to Vanguard for beating their record from last year; we appreciate all of the pounds and hours donated!
If you would like to hold a food drive, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Check out some more pictures from All Cans on Deck!