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Thursday, April 4, 2019

2019 Day of Smiles: Growing Smiles

It’s not a secret that we love giving back to our communities. On April 2nd, we held our 4th Annual Day of Smiles, an event that gathered over 150 of our team members to volunteer at 11 different community service projects throughout the city.

As a company, we invest at least 5% of our pre-tax earnings to support nonprofit organizations – and though we support a wide variety of causes, we focus our efforts on three areas:  Sharing Smiles, Growing Smiles, and Hero Smiles. Click here to read more about each.

On Day of Smiles, 3 of our service projects centered around the theme of “Growing Smiles” and providing access to healthy food and education about food choices. Read on to learn more about these great projects!

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
One group of volunteers headed to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in Duquesne to help repack food for those in need. The Food Bank distributes 2.2 million pounds of groceries a month – a feat that could never be accomplished without the hard work of volunteers!

Hilltop Urban Farms
Our volunteers at Hilltop Urban Farms helped to prep the land for its summer harvest, which will provide fresh, healthy food to the community! This nonprofit, community-centered farm is located on 107 acres of land – with 23 acres dedicated to farming. It will produce locally-grown crops, provide agriculture-based education, generate entrepreneurial opportunities, and strengthen the Hilltop community!
Braddock Farms
Another group went to volunteer at Grow Pittsburgh’s Braddock Farms location. Braddock is a food desert and this farm is the community’s single source of fresh produce during the growing season. By the end of the day, our team were weeding and planting experts!

Check out our other blogs in this series to learn about our community projects for Sharing Smiles and Hero Smiles.


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