January is the most neglected month for donations to area food pantries, and three businesses in De Pere’s East Industrial Park decided to do something about it.
Employees at Amerilux, American Transmission Co., and PAi engaged in a neighborly competition to keep the shelves stocked this winter. Together they gathered nearly 7,500 food items for Paul’s Pantry.
To set a level playing field, contributions were measured on a per capita basis. Amerilux won the contest by contributing a whopping 27 items per employee. Together, the three companies employ 310 people.
“We were proud to be part of supporting a great cause in the context of a win-win-win,” said Kurt Voss, CEO of AmeriLux. “I’m especially proud of our team as they displayed their competitive and giving spirit!”
“This friendly neighborhood challenge aligns with PAi’s core values of Care, Know, Do and is a fun way to come together for a local need,” Skyla Vandervest, senior marketing and communications manager stated. “Although we missed the winning title by less than one can per employee, PAi’s team collected 4,935 non-perishable items for our local food pantries compared to 3,376 one year ago. We are extremely proud to partner with our neighbors to support Paul’s Pantry in this way.”
“We were happy to join in the competition this year,” said Michelle Stokes, manager, Environmental, at ATC. “One of our values is ‘we care’ about the communities where we live and serve. Adding a competitive element was an extra incentive that spurred our employees to give.”