West Side Campaign Against Hunger
In Fall 2018, 54 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 assisted staff by breaking down delivery boxes and taking out garbage and recycling items from the kitchen. In November 2018, American Securities colleagues donated funds to purchase 1,462 turkeys for WSCAH’s Thanksgiving Turkey Drive. At year end, the Firm hosted a clothing drive to collect new and gently-used clothing for children and adults, as well as personal care products, small home appliances, school supplies, and toys. Lastly, we provided WSCAH with a substantial monetary donation to help support their mission.
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 2018, WSCAH distributed nearly 1.5 million pounds of food to 20,000+ New Yorkers, 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.