SAN DIEGO, Jan. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- BuyAutoParts.com employees recently donated approximately $2,000 in meals to The Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank. The company held their second annual holiday food drive from November to December 2015. Originally the company set a very modest goal of $150 for this year's food drive. However, thanks to a pizza party incentive and a little friendly internal competition the company was able to beat its goal by over $1800.
The Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank is the largest food bank located in San Diego, California. In 2014, the non-profit organization distributed about 22 million pounds of food to those in need in San Diego County. This was the first year BuyAutoParts.com teamed up with the San Diego Food Bank. They held a virtual food drive, which allowed employees to donate money online via a virtual store by choosing which food products they would like to donate.
The food drive was organized by several people at the company, one being marketing specialist Darrion Bernaldes. Darrion was quoted by the San Diego Food Bank as saying "Like a lot of people, I was really surprised with the level of participation. Our company culture committee received several emails from our coworkers saying how much they liked this charitable opportunity. It was well received". By the organization's calculations, the food drive provided 10,000 meals to those in need in San Diego County.
One of BuyAutoParts.com's goals is to give back to the community it resides in. The company began in San Diego in 1989 and for over 25 years they have proudly called San Diego home. Initiatives like this are incredibly important to the five-time Inc. 5000 fastest growing company. "Giving back to the community all of us reside in will always be a goal for the company, we plan to hold one of these food drives at least once a year and will continue to search for new opportunities to give back," commented Dara Greaney, CEO of BuyAutoParts.com.
BuyAutoParts.com is an international leader in the wholesale and distribution of automotive parts and have been selling auto parts online since 2001. They also recently placed as a finalist in the BBB's Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics for the second consecutive year.