Giving back to the community has, and always will be, a big part of what defines Advanced Office as an organization and a key part of the culture our company prides itself on. For the past 11 years, we have partnered with local non-profit charities that provide necessities to struggling community members and we are proud to be working with them again this year.
Why keep a long-standing partnership with the same four organizations for such a long time? Simple: at Advanced Office, we believe that caring makes great things happen, and we are always blown away by the impact our partners make on their communities. In 2020 42,166,069 pounds were distributed by Second Harvest Food Bank Orange County. That’s over 500,000 people - our friends and neighbors included - receiving food on a monthly average. We were proud to have contributed to that final number.
The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank reports that 1 in 5 of our LA County neighbors are food insecure. To put that statistic into perspective, the LA Food Bank feeds nearly 1 million people in their community every month, a feat only achieved by the generosity of other neighbors and the efforts of their staff to acquire and distribute food through several programs. With out all of our help, this would not be possible.
In San Diego, Feeding San Diego reported 40.3 million meals provided to the community, all possible with the help of 292 local community partners from July 2020 to June 2021. Additionally, they were able to rescue a significant amount of high-quality food from becoming waste, saving 24,282 metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions and helping contribute to efforts to improve our environment at the same time.
In the Inland Empire, we have also partnered with the San Gabriel Children’s Center, an organization rooted in hope and empowerment that provides culturally competent mental healthcare and dedicated to breaking the stigma surrounding mental health issues. While not a traditional food bank, the services that they provide to are youths are of the utmost importance to our community and we are proud to support them in their efforts.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to pivot from our traditional canned food drive of the past as these partners are unable to accept physical donations. Instead, this year we are hosting a virtual food drive and are honored to have our community join us in supporting these amazing organizations this holiday season. To get started, visit our donation page to fill out a short form with your contact info and you will then be able to select from one of four charity partners to send your contribution to. On behalf of our communities, thank you!