ROSEMONT, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Reinhart Foodservice, L.L.C. and its supplier partners raised more than $55,000 in charitable donations through live and online auctions as well as raffle prizes during this year’s Traditions Sales and Merchandising Conference. All proceeds will benefit the Light Foundation (www.mattlightfoundation.org) and Feeding America® (www.feedingamerica.org). Reinhart’s charity auction is in its fourth year and continues to build on the company’s commitment to these two important charitable organizations and the communities in which they serve.
With the help of celebrity guests Matt Light (former New England Patriots’ player and founder of the Light Foundation) and Lauren Olaya (professional golfer, entrepreneur and fitness expert best known for her appearance on the Golf Channel’s Big Break), as well as Reinhart and its supplier donors, the event prizes ranged from trips to event tickets to sports memorabilia, electronic packages, food baskets and more.
“Over the last three years, Reinhart has helped the Light Foundation raise over $140,000, which is really incredible,” said Light, who helped host the auction. “Due to Reinhart’s generosity, we've been able to do some incredible updates including a renovation of our facility’s amphitheater, hiring on new staff and hosting our first-ever Leadership Conference in Massachusetts. From everyone at the Light Foundation, thank you!”
“At Reinhart, we take pride in giving back to the communities we serve and it was great to see how many of our employees and valued supplier partners took part in supporting both Feeding America and the Light Foundation again this year,” said Jeff King, Reinhart President and Chief Operating Officer. “For the last four years, we’ve raised more than $200,000 in charitable funds at Traditions for these two important organizations and we will continue to show our support year-round. I’d like to thank all of our donors and participants for their generous support now and going forward.”
Founded in 1972, Reinhart Foodservice, L.L.C. is one of the most progressive and efficient broadline foodservice distributors in the United States. The company provides fresh produce, proteins, ingredients, supplies and equipment to customers across the U.S. from 29 distribution centers. Reinhart serves every segment of the food industry from independent and chain restaurants to schools and healthcare facilities and is committed to the highest levels of customer service, providing its customers with menu planning assistance, nutrition services support, an extensive lending library, TRACS® Direct order entry and foodservice management software and training, weekly specials and educational seminars. Reinhart’s original mission of delivering exceptional high-quality products, personal service and value to its customers is stronger than ever today. To learn more about Reinhart please visit www.RFSDelivers.com.
About The Light Foundation
The Light Foundation (www.mattlightfoundation.org) was established in 2001 by 3-time Super Bowl Champion and 3-time Pro-Bowler Matt Light. Matt was drafted in 2000 out of Purdue University and become the anchor for the Patriots Offensive Line until his retirement in 2012. The Light Foundation strives to instill and augment the values of responsibility, accountability and hard work by providing youth with unique outdoor learning experiences that assist them in reaching their highest potential. Its goal is to lead young people down a path to becoming responsible members of their communities who are capable of passing on the torch of leadership and achievement to their friends and families. Matt Light received the third New England Patriots Ron Burton Community Service Award in 2005, and in 2008, was presented the President's Volunteer Service Award for his outstanding work in the community by the Bush administration. Since its inception in 2001, the Light Foundation has raised nearly $4 million for various programs and initiatives.
About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.