These moments from the 4th Annual Women Fighting Hunger Luncheon on March 6, 2020 to benefit the The Community Food Bank of New Jersey remind us that it is vital to serve not only our clients, but also our community.
At Next Level Performance, our ongoing annual commitment to community service initiatives gives our team a chance to share our good fortune.
We’re proud to have sponsored this event by The Community Food Bank of New Jersey. The Community FoodBank of New Jersey provides people across the state with food, help and hope. The FoodBank distributed more than 56.5 million pounds of food last year.
This early spring gathering raised over $255,000, benefiting the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Vivian Cooney said she, “…enjoyed the opportunity to connect with many who care deeply for our students and children in need, to take action to help end hunger.”
Community FoodBank of New Jersey was also celebrating their 45th Anniversary year. Forty five years ago, founder Kathleen DiChiara began her work on what we now know as the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Every day since then, the FoodBank has provided food, help, and hope to our neighbors in need, growing from a one-woman operation to an extraordinary organization delivering over 50 million nutritious meals annually.
United in community service were Carlos Rodriguez, the CEO of The Community FoodBank of New Jersey who appeared with the event's featured guest speaker Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder and CEO of FEED Projects and program moderator Michelle Charlesworth, Co-anchor of ABC7NY Eyewitness News.
Lauren founded FEED as a result of witnessing, first-hand, worldwide poverty and hunger while with the UN World Food Programme. Sales of lifestyle products have helped consumers tangibly fight childhood hunger by providing nearly 112 million school meals since 2007.
Next Level is grateful for the opportunity to be among committed sponsors who also value community service, including the Presenting Sponsor Kings Food Markets, Luncheon Sponsor PNC, chairwomen, table sponsors, attendees and others. Cocktail hour canapés was prepared by Chef Ariane Duarte from Ariane Kitchen & Bar.
By sponsoring the Women Fighting Hunger Luncheon, we’re helping ensure more of New Jersey’s kids have a hearty, balanced meal before they go home at night. A good start in life enhances long-term health and well-being, increasing opportunity and self-reliance.
Doing Well by Doing Good
We know that retention rates are higher for employees engaged with their employers.
Millennials have repeatedly shown preference for organizations whose values are expressed and whose actions and priorities mirror their own.
Our employees embrace Service as a Core Value. Our company connects to community. Contributing to the Community Food Bank helps us meaningfully engage our teammates and live up to our own company CARES values – Collaboration, Accountability, Respect, Ethical Behavior, and Service.
The value of this alignment of principles should encourage you to consider what you and your organization can do to live your values. One sure way is to provide service to your community!