Insurer Sees Big Spike in Employee Giving in Food Drive for Needy

November 26, 2008

Insurer Main Street America Group says it has collected more than a ton of non-perishable goods during its annual Thanksgiving food drive. Just in time for the holiday season, the food items have been donated to several food banks located in five of the cities where Main Street America operates.

The two-week drive, which took place during the first half of November, experienced a more than 30 percent spike in the amount of food collected compared to the super regional property/casualty insurance company’s 2007 food drive.

“We feel companywide activities like this are critical because Main Street America is committed to making a positive impact in the communities where we work and live,” said Main Street America chairman, president and CEO Tom Van Berkel. “With the current economic environment, we know the need for non-perishable goods is greater than ever in our local communities.”

This is the third year the company has conducted its food drive among its 950 employees.

Local organizations that received goods this year included:

Auburn, Mass. – 185 pounds for Worcester (Mass.) County Food Bank.

Jacksonville, Fla. – 921 pounds for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Florida.

Keene, N.H. – 531 pounds for The Community Kitchen.

Richmond, Va. – 305 pounds for Central Virginia Food Bank.

Syracuse, N.Y. – 228 pounds for The Food Bank of Central N.Y.

In addition to its annual Thanksgiving food drive, Main Street America’s employees also hold an annual Toys for Tots holiday toy drive. This year’s drive is scheduled for Dec. 1-12, 2008.

Source: The Main Street America Group

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