Armstrong’s Avenge Hunger Month was a big success. Generous customers, community partners and employees donated 35,831 pounds of food, as well as $13,075 in monetary donations. Armstrong served as a conduit to route these donations to nearly 200 community food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the Armstrong service areas.
The primary goal of Avenge Hunger Month was to increase awareness of Armstrong’s Breaking Bread initiative to help stock local food pantries and soup kitchens for the busy Fall and Winter seasons. Breaking Bread began in 2009, aiming to provide resources for community organizations and other social services that help to feed those in need. These resources include monetary donations and non-perishable food. Armstrong selected September for Avenge Hunger Month to coincide with Hunger Action Month, a national focus on helping to fight hunger and food insecurity.
The donations were collected at Armstrong’s 16 local offices located in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Maryland, plus the Corporate office and Customer Service Center in Butler, PA. Other Armstrong Group of Companies affiliates, Guardian and Armstrong Comfort Solutions also helped with the efforts.
Avenge Hunger Month was successful because of the involvement of community partners who assisted Armstrong employees in gathering donations. Theses partners included schools, community organizations and businesses.
Jeff Ross, Armstrong President, offered his appreciation, “Thank you to all who partnered with us for their hard work to collect these contributions. A special thanks to the Armstrong employees for everything that you do and give to make our communities a better place to live, work and raise a family.”
One of the organizations that received food from the Avenge Hunger Month collection was BackPack Buddies. Founded in 2012, BackPack Buddies is a non-profit organization that provides food for school age children who have limited or no access to food over the weekends. Serving 15 schools in Lawrence County, Ohio. Jodie Hunt, Backpack Buddies Program Coordinator, shared that “Backpack Buddies is so thankful for the Avenge Hunger Food Drive this year! It will help provide food for just over 300 children each week in Lawrence County, Ohio. Backpack Buddies would not be successful without people like Armstrong who see the need in our community and are willing to take action to help these families.”
Breaking Bread is a year-round initiative. Donations of food or money can be dropped off at any of the 16 local Armstrong offices to benefit those who are struggling with hunger and food insecurity in those communities.