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President’s Message – November 2017

“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others”
Booker T. Washington

2017 DEFEAT HUNGER campaign at PROCESS EXPO - $100,000 Check for Greater Chicago Food DepositoryWith Thanksgiving nearly upon us, it seems most appropriate to remember how important it is to continue to help others. With that thought in mind, in the fall of 2012, the FPSA Foundation Board of Directors initiated our “Giving Back” efforts. Since that time both the Foundation and the Association have continued to expand our outreach efforts to provide much needed essential support.

Let me first start with our recently concluded 2017 DEFEAT HUNGER campaign at PROCESS EXPO. Buoyed by the support and success of previous shows, this year's campaign achieved yet another record level of contributions. Once again, the exhibitors, membership, along with several processing

companies, rallied to the occasion. So far, our three combined DEFEAT HUNGER campaigns have raised just under one million nutritious meals to Cook County communities.

But, the “giving” hasn't stopped there. Just prior to the beginning of this year's show, the Association once again held a dinner at the Greater Chicago Food Depository's warehouse and offices. The Association was there to not only recognize our partnership with the Depository, but also to provide a financial contribution to the Depository's “Chicago Community Kitchens” program. This 14-week educational occupational activity is for unemployed and underemployed adults in Cook County that prepares graduating students for a career in food service. The Association's contribution assists students to achieve their goal of becoming active and productive contributors in the food industry.

Likewise, the Foundation made its fourth annual $5,000 contribution to “Bake for Life,” a Dutch charity that trains disabled and displaced workers in Kenya and Uganda to bake and sell artisanal bread, and ultimately provides handicapped individuals with the skills to support themselves. The promise of self- sufficiency for these bakery workers continues to be a powerful incentive for the Foundation to continue our support.

Lastly, and particularly in this month of reflection and giving thanks, on behalf of the staff, I want to extend our gratitude to all of you for what you do, not only for the Association and Foundation, but also for the industry. We are grateful for your continued participation, efforts, and support. I hope you and your family have a joyous and wonderful Thanksgiving.

As always, never hesitate to contact me at 703-663-1200, or email me at [email protected] with any suggestions, comments or questions.

David Seckman