“They are our philanthropy angels. They show up whenever we need them the most.”
Those words from Food Bank of South Jersey CEO Val Traore characterize the vital role Subaru of America (SOA) has played in sustaining and growing FBSJ’s mission throughout the better part of our 30-year history.
For its faithful charity, steadfast volunteerism, and decades of loyal partnership, the automaker was named the inaugural winner of FBSJ’s Champion Against Hunger award in a ceremony held November 12 during the annual Viva South Jersey gala.
“The fight against hunger has long been one of the social causes that our company rallies to,” stated SOA CEO Tom Doll. “I share this honor with all Subaru employees who so willingly engage in community service and deliver on the Subaru promise to impact our neighborhoods positively and make the world a better place.”
SOA’s support for FBSJ dates back to 1986. The scope of their philanthropy includes: vehicle donations; event sponsorships and participation; financial donations to help launch and sustain critically-needed direct programs like FBSJ’s Hope Mobile and Summer Meals Program; employee volunteerism; and annual donations from Subaru’s Share the Love Garden and annual Drive Out Hunger food drive.
“Subaru reflects the best of what corporate America can do to support causes like ours,” stated Traore. “They love our mission and our organization. They have a culture of caring that resonates throughout their employee base. Whenever we have needed help, this is a company that simply responds. They are a most worthy first winner of our Champion Against Hunger award.”