Event raises 21,749 pounds of food to fight hunger
Despite being one of the most abundant agricultural regions in the world, the Central Valley has the highest rate of food hardship in the country. Nearly 330,000 residents—including 120,000 children—have trouble putting nutritious food on the table.
During the month of the company’s 40th anniversary, Manco Abbott decided to do something big to fight hunger in the Central Valley. We established the "We CAN Help" event.
Manco mobilized employees, vendors, residents and tenants to help raise at least 20,000 cans of food. With assistance from commercial tenant Quad Knopf, we also added a fun twist. On February 11, 2012 at 16 locations in four cities, Quad Knopf engineers helped Manco Abbott’s volunteers build “CAN-structures” out of the food cans delivered to each site. The result: 16 clever canned-food creations and 21,749 pounds of food—one pound equals approximately one can—for individuals, families and children in need.
“Our business is about serving people,” said Hal Kissler, chief executive officer and cofounder. “As the economy has taken a toll on people, even in the properties we manage, we decided to use our 40th anniversary as an opportunity to address food hardship. I couldn’t be prouder of our team and our partners for making this inaugural event such a success.”
The donated food went to two regional food banks: Community Food Bank and Food Link of Tulare County.
“In the big picture, the timing of the event was wonderful and it already qualifies as one of our largest corporate food drives of the year,” said Andy Souza, CEO of Community Food Bank. “It gets resources to us during a time of the year when donations are normally very slow and the need is very high. To put it into perspective, the donations from this drive will feed four families for a year.”
Manco Abbott thanks the many individuals and companies who contributed cans to the event. There are too many to list by name! Enjoy a few of the highlights below or log on to www.facebook.com/mancoabbott
Commercial Host Sites
Villagio Shopping Center, Fresno
Former Warner Building, Fresno
Manco Abbott Office, Fresno
Mary’s Vineyard, Visalia
Apartment Host Sites
Le Provence, Fresno
Park Ridge, Fresno
North Creek, Fresno
Birch Commons & Birch Court, Fresno
Palo Alto Place, Fresno
West Pointe & Stonegate I & II, Fresno
Sierra Ridge, Clovis
Four Creeks, Visalia
College Park, Lemoore
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