CHICAGO, IL. October 6, 2015 – Redwood Logistics (‘Redwood’), a strategically-integrated logistics provider, along with its’ two subsidiaries, Freight Exchange, a Redwood Logistics company and Redwood Multimodal, organized and donated over 30,000lbs of food between Lakeview Food Pantry and the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
Mark Ori, Scott Chukerman, and Ed Stockman of Redwood Multimodal began the effort by coordinating an internal food drive asking employees to bring in canned goods or cash donations. “We’ve been thinking about ‘greatness’—‘Great’ is one of our core values,” said Scott Chukerman, National Account Manager at Redwood Multimodal. “We wanted to get the whole company involved.” Mark Ori, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Sales and Development at Redwood Multimodal, added, “Part of being Great is making those around you better.”
They reached out to local food pantries to see what needs could be filled. Employees donated canned foods and $600 in cash to bring to the Lakeview Food Pantry.
Ed Stockman, Director of Sales at Redwood Multimodal, reached out to grocery stores to see what more could be gathered. When one of Redwood’s customers got wind of the food drive, they offered to join the cause, and donated an entire truckload, 30,000 LBS, of assorted fruits and vegetables. A Freight Exchange truck carried the 10 pallets of food from Wisconsin down to Geneva, IL to be delivered to the Northern Illinois Food Bank. “We strive to develop relationships, so partnering with our customers to support and better our community is something we value greatly.”
September was Hunger Action Month™. The Northern Illinois Food Bank website reports that “nearly 600,000 people in northern Illinois turn to food pantries and meal programs to feed themselves and their families.” Their site lists ways to give at www.solvehungertoday.org/ways-to-give/.
About Lakeview Food Pantry
One of Chicago’s largest and longest-operating food pantries, Lakeview Pantry’s mission is to eliminate hunger and poverty in our community by providing food to fill the basic need of hungry people; increasing the independence of our clients through self-help initiatives and other innovative programs; and raising awareness of hunger and poverty and working towards solutions to eliminate them.
For more information visit www.lakeviewpantry.org
About Northern Illinois Food Bank
Northern Illinois Food Bank is a source of nutritious food, innovative feeding programs, and hope for more than 71,000 people each week. As a nonprofit organization with a goal of solving hunger in a 13-county service area, it relies on community partners – the local food pantries and feedings programs, food manufacturers and retailers, companies, foundations and individuals who join them in the vision for no one to be hungry in northern Illinois.
For more information visit www.solvehungertoday.org