Five Star Establishes Nonprofit, Donates $30,000 To Local Food Bank

Posted On: 12/20/2017

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CHATTANOOGA, TN -- Five Star Food Service, a Canteen franchise based here, has created a nonprofit charity organization called Feeding the Future Inc.

Feeding the Future's mission is to generate awareness of and funds to be used for relief of local childhood hunger within Five Star's territory. To accomplish this, Feeding the Future is building longterm partnerships with the food banks and shelters that serve children in those areas through programs such as “BackPack Buddies,” which provides children who receive free or reduced lunch at school with a way to get through the weekend without going hungry. Each bag is packed by local food banks or partner organizations and contains six easy-to-make nutritious meals.

In September, Feeding the Future officially launched its fundraising efforts by hosting a golf tournament at Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club in Chattanooga. Its goal was to start small and local. The charity started local by dedicating the inaugural proceeds solely to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, but it did not start small.

With more than 25 teams participating and nearly 70 sponsors supporting the inaugural event, it surpassed all initial expectations. Feeding the Future's volunteer board members recently presented the food bank with a check for $30,000 with an additional $10,000 pledged to be donated. With four meals coming from each dollar, that's 160,000 meals.

In addition to the golf tournament, Feeding the Future expects to raise funds via Five Star profit sharing, additional events, micromarket and vending promotions, point-of-sale donations, and employee payroll and online donations.

Founded in 1993, Five Star Food Service has grown to one of the largest privately held operators in the U.S. and is a franchise of Canteen Vending.

Click here to donate to Feeding the Future.

HUNGER BUSTERS: Presenting $30,000 donation to Gina Crumbliss (center) of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, from left are Five Star Food Services'  C. J. Recher, Greg McCall, Kym Jones, Danelle Layton and Alan Recher. 365 Retail Markets and USA Technologies were two of the major sponsors of from inaugural Feeding the Future golf tournament fundraiser.