West Side Campaign Against Hunger
In Fall 2017, 39 American Securities volunteers visited the West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH) to perform various tasks in the organization’s food pantry and social hall.
After an orientation and tour, we were divided into teams with various responsibilities. American Securities colleagues measured and packaged bulk goods into small containers and individual portions, received food deliveries, re-stocked areas of the pantry where customers select their food items using reserves from the stockroom, and assisted customers. We also sorted and folded in-kind donations of clothing and other household items. Additionally, American Securities volunteers performed various janitorial duties around the center, including washing windows, cleaning furniture and restrooms, as well as breaking down delivery boxes and taking out garbage and recycling items from the kitchen. Finally, we presented WSCAH with a monetary donation to help support their mission. Following our visit, American Securities colleagues hosted a drive to collect new and gently-used clothing for children and adults, as well as personal care products, small home appliances, and school supplies. We also provided funds to purchase over 830 turkeys for WSCAH’s Thanksgiving Turkey Drive.
Through a supermarket-style food pantry, West Side Campaign Against Hunger alleviates hunger and creates a culture that promotes self-reliance and works for change. WSCAH changes our perception of hungry people by working in partnership with them, providing food with dignity, and empowering customers to find solutions. In 2017, WSCAH distributed nearly 1.5 million pounds of food to hungry families, including over 300,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Our Giving Back report debuted in 2011 as a testament to how those of us at American Securities, and our portfolio companies, live our value of Giving Back.