IRVINE, Calif., May 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Golden State Foods (GSF) Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in need in the areas where Golden State Foods associates live and work, is hosting its fourth annual national Build-A-Bike event today, Saturday, May 14. This year, 26 GSF and Quality Custom Distribution (QCD) facilities will participate in 16 events throughout the United States during National Bike Month. 1,300 bikes will be built with the help of more than 1,000 volunteers, all driven by a common purpose to provide deserving school-aged children with their own, and often first, bikes. These students come from local Boys and Girls Clubs and elementary schools in each city's respective location.
"Every year this is one of our most exciting and engaging events and it's one that we all look forward to," said Mark Wetterau, chairman and chief executive officer of Golden State Foods and chairman of the GSF Foundation. "Having so many of our GSF associates partner with our customers within our local communities helps reinforce all of the values we stand for – and helps provide these children with, what oftentimes is their very first bike. After today, we've donated 4,700 bikes across the country and it's something our company is very proud of."
The Build-A-Bike program teaches safety, goal setting and the value of hard work, and a bike helps a child develop his or her sense of self-reliance, adventure, strength and character. The success of the Build-A-Bike program is due in large part to the partnerships formed over the years, including the help and support of local bike shops and law enforcement that act as a resource for future tune-ups and safety lessons. For more information about Build-A-Bike or GSF Foundation, please visit www.gsffoundation.org.
About GSF Foundation
The GSF Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in need in the areas where GSF associates live and work. Established in 2002, the Foundation is a natural extension of Golden State Foods' values-based business. Funded and run by GSF associate volunteers and supported by its business partners, community partners and customers, the Foundation operates under the direction of an executive board, which includes national representation from local GSF volunteers. As many as 80 percent of GSF associates actively support the Foundation through personal involvement and contributions in 28 local committees across the United States – uniting their hearts and hands for good. To date, the Foundation has raised more than $34 million to help those in need. For more information, visit www.gsffoundation.org.
About Golden State Foods
Golden State Foods (www.goldenstatefoods.com) is one of the largest diversified suppliers to the quick service restaurant (QSR) industry. Established in 1947, the company is values-based with proven performance in superior quality, innovation and customer service throughout the QSR industry. With approximately 6,000 employees worldwide, GSF services more than 125,000 stores on six continents from its 45+ facilities. Its core businesses include processing of liquid products, protein, produce, dairy and full-line logistics services to the QSR and retail industries. The company also runs the GSF Foundation – a national non-profit organization to help children and families in need. For more information, please visit: www.goldenstatefoods.com.
About Quality Custom Distribution
Quality Custom Distribution Services Inc. (QCD) is a subsidiary of Golden State Foods, which is one of the largest diversified suppliers to the Quick Service Restaurant and retail industries. QCD is values-based and has proven performance in superior quality, innovation and customer service. An award-winning company, QCD services thousands of restaurants throughout the United States from its 12 facilities. QCD associates also help run a national non-profit organization, the GSF Foundation to help children and families in need. For more information, visit www.qualitycustomdistribution.com
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