Vanguard gives helping hand with record food drive

July 15, 2008 4:02:22 PM PDT
Vanguard, one of the world's largest investment management companies, and Chester County's largest employer, has completed its biggest food drive ever. The drive comes at a time when the rising cost of food and fuel, makes it critical. If you didn't know this year's food drive was Vanguard's most successful, all it took was a few seconds inside their warehouse in Wayne where the enthusiasm was palpable.

Nearly 889,000 cans and packages of food, and personal care items, almost 142 tons of goods were collected by Vanguard employees in Valley Forge, Charlotte, N.C. and Scottsdale, Arizona. And, they did it in just 11 days.

Joe McGill has been organizing the effort at all three sites for 12 years. He told us, while things may be hard for some of the employees at home, there's always somebody else out there having a harder time.

Vanguard volunteers from every branch of the company held bake sales and even contests to raise the most money to buy the most food.

The volunteers helped to load up the food on Tuesday to go to those in need.

The demand at food banks in the Philadelphia region is up 58%, and the need for food is especially high during the summer months when school nutrition programs are on hiatus.

Major Patricia Washington, Corps officer with the Salvation Army in Darby, said Vanguard has made all the difference.

And one of the hardest working Vanguard volunteers, agency coordinator Joe Miele, says he's thrilled with the results of this year's drive and is aiming for it to be even bigger and better next year.