The trade association for suppliers to the food processing and packaging industry.
“Giving offers so much more than you can ever attain in a lifetime of receiving.”
~ Kyle Lebeau
One of the best and often overlooked aspects of FPSA and our membership is the extensive amount of “GIVING BACK” efforts in which we are involved. And the above quote seems to characterize exactly what the membership/association/foundation has set out to achieve which is to provide help to those in need. Whether it is helping others to better themselves to reach their potential, providing resources and expertise, or helping the less fortunate, all these aspects have been a trademark of what we as an organization have set out to accomplish. If you are not familiar with all the efforts that we have undertaken and are involved in, please take a few minutes to review all our activities and efforts at www.fpsa.org/giving-back/.
As we approach PROCESS EXPO 2019 in just a few short months, the Association's Foundation has once again launched our DEFEAT HUNGER campaign, joining forces with the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD), to “give back” to our host city in a meaningful way. Since launching our first DEFEAT HUNGER campaign at PROCESS EXPO 2013, through the generosity of our exhibitors and contributors, we have provided nearly 1 million meals for those in need in Cook County. In fact, I am proud to say that with each DEFEAT HUNGER campaign our exhibitors have come up with new ways to boost donations including food drives at their home office, displays at their PROCESS EXPO booth, generous financial donations and even promotional advertising on the part of our publisher partners who are helping to spread the word. As a result, we enjoy strong support of our membership in this campaign and are the only trade show/association who has ever initiated and undertaken such an effort in Chicago.
As you might not know, the GCFD annually distributes in excess of 70 million lbs. of food each year through their network of over 700 soup kitchens, pantries, and shelters. The Depository also serves more than 812,000 persons each year, and over 160,000 meals daily. And, unfortunately the percentage of those that are food insecure in Chicago continues to rise with over 21% of that total being children who are in need of meals on a daily basis.
I would urge you to take a few minutes of your time to listen to a message from Kate Maehr, Executive Director of the Greater Chicago Food Depository by clicking on the image below on how “critical” our efforts are to helping the Depository and the Chicago community.
What can you do to help? There are three ways you can contribute, whether you are an exhibitor or not:
1. Bring your groceries to McCormick Place or include your donation with your booth shipment or directly ship your donation to:
PROCESS EXPO – DEFEAT HUNGER Campaign
2301 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60616
2. Participate in the virtual food drive using this link: https://www.myfooddrive.org/drive.php?DEFEATHUNGER2019, which will provide you with an opportunity to purchase items online as a donation option.
3. Participate by making a monetary donation (checks only) payable to the Greater Chicago Food Depository and send to 1451 Dolley Madison Blvd. Suite 101, McLean, VA 22101.
And, while you will be receiving even more information about DEFEAT HUNGER efforts in the days leading up to PROCESS EXPO, I want to Thank You for helping to make a difference in someone's life!