Through our employees’ efforts, the Brinker Simpson & Company’s November Food Drive was an overwhelming success. For several years, we gave out Thanksgiving Baskets to local families in need but shifted gears three years ago by hosting a month long food drive instead. The staff are divided into teams and it becomes a friendly rivalry to see which team brings in the most items. Some of the staff asked their friends, relatives and even gyms to participate. Some clients dropped off food as well. Besides non-perishable food items, also collected were paper products, cleaning supplies, toiletries and feminine hygiene products as these are not covered under SNAP benefits and are in demand.The 2020 Food Drive exceeded Brinker Simpson’s expectations, especially because many of our 40 employees have been working remotely during the recent COVID surge. Videos of the collection were shared so all could see the bags and boxes multiply. So many people have been impacted by the pandemic that it seemed to have others wanting to help out even more. Seven food banks throughout Delaware County were selected with the goal of reaching as many areas as possible. These included Loaves & Fishes in Prospect Park, CityTeam in Chester, St. Mark’s in Broomall, Mt. Zion Church Food Center in Sharon Hill, Media Food Bank, Upper Darby Food Bank and the St. Vincent DePaul Society’s Delco Distribution site. Employees and relatives were recruited to pack 14 SUVs which were bursting at the seams; delivery to the food banks took place this week. One food pantry volunteer told us “We’re not sure who you are and how you found us, but we are certainly glad you did”. When arriving back to the office, an employee told others that seeing people lined up to receive food was a very humbling experience. These two phrases make it all worth it.
Going forward, we will be renaming this the “Frank Baldino Annual Food Drive” in honor of one of our partners who passed away last week.