Why do just a food drive when you can do a fundraiser as well? HD Supply had that exact thought this past October when they took on the challenge of both. In the span of just a few weeks, the Atlanta-based company donated over 10,000 meals to those in need.
Fourteen HD Supply offices and distribution centers led the charge by hosting a food drive in their own cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Denver, and several others. Atlanta brought in the most food at nearly 1,500 lbs with Los Angeles not far behind at around 1,000 lbs.
All of the food drives combined collected a total of 4,324 pounds of food (3,600 meals).
On the fundraiser front, HD Supply hosted a GoFundMe online fundraiser encouraging its employees to donate to the cause. With the goal set at $2,500, the team ended up raising $1,875 from 47 individuals, and HD Supply generous matched $1,000. That’s good for nearly 7,000 meals.
The 10,000 total meals will take a good-sized bite out of hunger this year which could prove to be the worse in recent memory for the hunger crisis. A total of around 54 million Americans are struggling to get food including 1 in 8 people in Georgia.
“Giving back is a core value at HD Supply and we know that the best leaders serve their people and communities. HD Supply provides service for our customers that keep the communities running and also serves to improve the people’s lives in those communities. This year, many people across the nation face food insecurity and we take pride in living out our values by giving back.”
HD Supply is in its first year of collaborating with Move For Hunger and has hit it out of the park already with its first big event. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for the partnership.