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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

2017 Day of Smiles: Growing Smiles

It’s not a secret that we love giving back to our communities. On April 10th, we held our second annual Day of Smiles, an event that gathered nearly 130 of our team members to volunteer at 16 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 our Day of Smiles, six 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!

412 Food Rescue

A few of our volunteers spent the day with 412 Food Rescue, an organization that provides reusable pans to their partner restaurants who donate their leftover food at the end of the day. Our volunteers helped to make these pans identifiable and deliver them to their respective locations!

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!

Squirrel Hill Food Pantry

Some of our team members headed to the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry to help restock their inventory with new spice mixes and other goods. The pantry mixes all of the spices themselves from curry to barbeque! You can just call this group the spice girls!

Grow Pittsburgh – 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 was weeding and planting experts!

Rainbow Kitchen

We also partnered with Rainbow Kitchen in Homestead, PA, which helps to improve the quality of life for low-income families through programs that address hunger, child nutrition and supportive services. Our volunteers helped out in the food pantry to repack food items for redistribution to individuals in need.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Lastly, our team helped to “Grow Smiles” by packing snack packs for students in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Each pack was full of nutritious snacks for each child so they can enjoy a healthy bite during the weekend, when they cannot rely on school feeding programs.

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


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