Company donates nearly four tons of food to local food banks

Leonard Bus Sales employees are pictured with some of the food donated to local food banks. Pictured from left are Linda Jackson, warranty administrator; Natalie Lazzara, receptionist/office administrator; Mark Ingham, operations manager; Beth Heinlein, assistant director of fixed operations; Alan Armstrong, warranty administrator.

Leonard Bus Sales is showing its appreciation to the communities they serve by launching their “Giving Thanks and Giving Back” charitable initiative. The program includes a BackPack program to help eradicate child hunger, a holiday can drive and annual direct contributions to food banks.

In lieu of sending out holiday cards, Leonard Bus Sales, the region’s distributor of IC Bus and Trans Tech brand school buses, is making contributions to local foodbanks as a way to give back to the community.

In addition, the company recently sponsored a can drive competition among all of its facilities to benefit local food banks.

In just four weeks, the enthusiastic support from the Leonard Bus Sales team generated more than 9,000 cans, or nearly four tons of food, which the company donated to local food banks across New York state.

“Our company has been committed to providing safe school buses to protect children for more than 50 years,” said Leonard Bus Sales Vice President Jon Leonard. “Our Giving Thanks and Giving Back program is just an extension of our commitment to the children and the communities that we serve.”

The heart of the Giving Thanks and Giving Back initiative was launched earlier this year when Leonard Bus Sales partnered with seven regional food banks across the state. The partnership was forged around their newly created “BackPack” program to help eradicate child hunger and raise awareness about the problem of food insecurity in New York state.

Instead of spending money on promotional giveaways at industry tradeshows, Leonard Bus Sales now dedicates those resources to ending child hunger and helping feed more than 4,000 children a year by donating $5 per event attendee.

“Leonard Bus Sales is committed to donating one backpack per event attendee for each of the industry trade events it attends,” said Leonard. “The seven participating food banks are provided a proportionate share of the meals donated based on the number of children they serve.”

Established by Feeding America (feedingamerica.org), the national Backpack Program provides meals to more than 450,000 children in need during the time they are not at school. The food is usually discretely distributed at the end of the school day and given to the child when they leave for the weekend or vacation.

“We have a very hardworking and thoughtful team that is dedicated to helping the communities we serve,” Leonard concluded. “Leonard Bus Sales is proud of our team and the great working relationships we have forged with the food pantries across the state.”

To learn more about school-based hunger program or to find regional food banks in your area, visit feedingamerica.org.

By martha

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