NEW ALBANY, Ohio, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Bob Evans Farms, Inc. announced that they, with the support of their guests, are contributing more than $100,000 to JDRF to help fund type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF is the leading funder of T1D research in the nation. Type 1 diabetes, formerly known as juvenile diabetes, is an auto-immune disease affecting three million Americans, in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, which is necessary for cells to produce energy.
For 21 days (February 27 – March 19, 2014), guests were able to contribute by purchasing a JDRF paper sneaker for a donation of their choice at any of 562 Bob Evans restaurants in 19 states. Bob Evans Restaurants then held a national community fundraiser on the last day of the campaign (March 19) donating 15 percent of food and beverage sales to JDRF for those guests who presented a fundraising flyer requesting a donation to help fight diabetes.
"This truly was a team effort and we are grateful for each dollar donated," says Chairman and CEO of Bob Evans Farms Steven A. Davis. "Bob Evans has been supporting diabetes-related charities for more than 20 years and once again, our local communities have come together to make a major difference and support our newest charitable partner, JDRF. Our guests have a big heart for this cause, and have done so much to help families who have been touched by T1D."
Last year, Bob Evans began a partnership with JDRF, holding its first nationwide fundraiser. Paper sneakers were sold in more than 50 Columbus-area restaurants, and more than $15,000 was raised for diabetes research. By expanding the sneaker sales to all restaurants, this year's initiative proved to be even more successful, raising awareness and research dollars nationwide.
JDRF is the only organization with a strategic plan to end T1D. The dollars raised through this campaign will help JDRF fund critical research to create a world without T1D.
Leading the success of this partnership initiative was the Holland, Mich., Bob Evans restaurant, led by General Manager Brian Burnham and Area Coach Jeff Hoard. Through generous contributions from their community, this location raised more than $1,600 for JDRF.
Bob Evans remains connected to their local communities throughout the year by hosting community fundraisers as well as donating food to local soup kitchens and shelters. These fundraising initiatives are collectively recognized as BE|Kind, which encompasses the many ways Bob Evans gives back. In addition to the Curing Diabetes campaign, Bob Evans employees are active participants in many of JDRF's Walk for the Cure events including that in Central Ohio, where Steve Davis is JDRF's corporate recruitment chairman for the second year in a row.
On the heels of its successful Curing Diabetes campaign, Bob Evans continues its BE|Kind efforts with a seasonal fundraising campaign in its restaurants. Restaurants are accepting donations to provide Easter Farmhouse Feast meals to needy families in their neighborhoods. The meals will be provided in partnership with local food pantries and other community partners.
To learn more about how Bob Evans gives back, visit http://www.bobevans.com/bekind.
ABOUT BOB EVANS FARMS, INC.
Bob Evans Farms, Inc. owns and operates full-service restaurants under the Bob Evans Restaurants brand name. At the end of the third fiscal quarter (January 24, 2014), Bob Evans Restaurants owned and operated 562 family restaurants in 19 states, primarily in the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of the United States. Bob Evans Farms, Inc., through its BEF Foods segment, is also a leading producer and distributor of refrigerated side dishes, pork sausage and a variety of refrigerated and frozen convenience food items under the Bob Evans and Owens brand names. For more information about Bob Evans Farms, Inc., visit www.bobevans.com.
SOURCE Bob Evans Farms, Inc.