If there's any group who should know how to help fight hunger it should be those in foodservice. We couldn't agree more here at Pro-Pacific, so when we were offered the opportunity to work with the local Foodservice Consultants Society International chapter as a sponsor for their first annual ERACE Hunger 5K run/walk, we jumped at the chance.
"This industry is relationship-driven, more so than any other industry I have been a part of," said Tim McDougald, project manager and BIM coordinator with Clevenger Associates in Puyallup, Washington. McDougald is the founder of the ERACE Hunger event, which will benefit HopeWorks, an organization that provides meals for people in need and job training to those looking to get back on their feet.
"This event was a monumental task to put on," McDougald said, "so it really takes the power of all of us. I think when we work together like this, it shows the strength of not only FCSI as an organization but what we can all do as an industry.
And what do we do best? Cook! The real hit of the event might have been Chef Wade's creations -- Asian steam buns plated on Homer Laughlin Quarry and his pork tacos plated on Homer Laughlin Skull & Vine -- as part of the event's food fair. What are we most proud of, though? How about our own Kyler Chamberlin winning the kids run!
"We are always looking for ways we can better the community and give back here at Pro-Pacific," said Pro-Pacific's Carmen Chamberlin (and Kyler's mom!). "It was a way to have fun and spend with our team, industry colleagues, and give back to the community at the same time."
The event was an enormous success in terms of both money raised and fun had, and Pro-Pacific was honored to be a part of McDougald's vision to give back to our community.
"We were looking for a charity in our area that directly helps with food shortage and hunger, and we found HopeWorks," he said. In this case, the foodservice industry could help support that cause.