Cambridge Property and Casualty of Livonia was declared the winner of the Second Annual Gleaners Community Food Drive Competition, sponsored by the Michigan Branch of Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.
In honor of September being Hunger Action Month, Chubb challenged Cambridge Property & Casualty and several local Michigan insurance agencies to collect as many food and monetary donations as possible within a two week period of time, which would be donated to Gleaners Community Food Bank. At the end of the collection period, the donations were tallied to see who brought in the highest average pounds of food per person. Cambridge brought in a total of 31,453 pounds of food and dollar equivalent, which was an average of 786 pounds per person. In all, an astounding total of 83,857 pounds of food and dollar equivalent was collected by all of the participants involved.
In 2012, Gleaners distributed 46 million pounds of emergency food to more than 550 partner shelters, soup kitchens, and pantries in Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Monroe and Livingston counties. They provide more than 100,000 meals per day to those people who cannot otherwise afford the food they need. Thanks to the challenge extended by Chubb, Gleaners will have even more food available for distribution in 2013.
“Charity begins at home. There are families in our own community that cannot afford the food they need to support themselves. Every little bit helps,” said Molly Green Director of Business and Community Development for Cambridge Property & Casualty. “Cambridge’s main goal is to help find solutions to guard your family or business against loss. Being a part of this competition made sense. Everyday, we place our client’s interests above our own, so it was natural for our team to support this cause and help fight against hunger, we wanted to help.”
Shauna McFarlane, who is a Commercial Account Manager at Cambridge, directed the efforts of the Cambridge team throughout the food drive. “We are always looking for opportunities to support our community. The effort and compassion from each of our employees is contagious, so it doesn’t surprise me that our employees were so generous. In the end, the real winner was the Gleaners Community Food Bank and the people they serve. We are just proud to say that we were part of it.”
John J. Walsh, Speaker Pro Tempore from the Michigan House of Representatives sent a congratulatory letter to our agency recognizing the effort that was put into the food drive. Way to go Cambridge!
Also, check out the article in the Livonia Observer last month regarding the Food Drive.
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