Staffing Firm Collects Food Items for Local Elementary Schools

Involvement in the community is crucial to make connections and develop a presence.

So when Orlando staffing firm Kavaliro saw the 60 Minutes documentary on the homeless situation in Central Florida, a piece that made 60 Minutes history, it made a commitment to help feed the hungry within the community. The firm partnered with Stenstrom Elementary and Casselberry Elementary in support of their Backpack Program and through the last four food drives collected more than 14,000 food items.

Each quarter the “Kavaliro: Fueling the Community” food drive asks clients, friends and other local businesses to participate. This quarter the drive collected 4,000 food items to donate to the struggling families – doubling what it collected from last quarter’s drive.

The program benefits students who receive free or reduced lunch or families facing financial difficulties. Each Friday backpacks are filled at the school with nutritious food to be sent home with the students, providing 10 to 15 needful families with two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners for the weekend. The empty backpacks are returned the following Monday to be refilled for other families. Because the need is so great, the families rotate each week.

Just this year alone, the program collected peanut butter, jelly, mac & cheese, pasta sauce, pasta, tuna, cereal, pop tarts and other miscellaneous items, all staples on the Backpack Program needs list.

“The 60 Minutes story moved all of us here at Kavaliro so much that we just knew we had to help in some capacity,” said Lisa Moore, community relations director at Kavaliro. “Being that commitment is one of our core values, we are taking this opportunity to make a difference, and we encourage other Central Florida businesses to do the same.”