C&F Donates $30,000 in Lieu of Holiday Parties

January 4, 2021

Over 41 million Americans face hunger each day. This past year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, food insecurity further increased and many families were unable to put food on their tables. At Crum & Forster, we are committed to supporting the communities where our employees live and work and have a passion for driving positive change through charitable giving and community service and engagement. As such, we made a decision to forgo our annual holiday parties this year and instead, help those who need it most.

Crum & Forster made $10,000 donations to the following three food bank organizations to assist in the fight against hunger:

C&F office representatives presented checks on behalf of the company to each of these organizations (see photos below).

Interfaith Food Pantry (IFP), located in Morris Plains, N.J., is a community of “neighbors helping neighbors” committed to ending hunger and supporting self-sufficiency. IFP provides nutritious food, education and resources to inspire confidence and hope to families throughout Morris County. In 2020, IFP distributed more than 1 million pounds of food and held 36 curbside food distributions each month. Since the pandemic began, the organization has seen nearly a 40% increase in those in need. To learn more, click here.

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Crum & Forster Presents $10,000 Donation to Interfaith Food Pantry, pictured left to right: Barbra Katz, C&F Chief Human Resources Officer; Noel Briordy, C&F Corporate Social Responsibility Manager; Joanne Rinaldi-Brashier, IFP Community Relations & Development Associate; and Sandra Benedict, IFP Director of Development.

Houston Food Bank (HFB) serves more than 1.1 million people in 18 counties who are considered food insecure, meaning they lack consistent access to enough nutritious food to fuel a healthy life. Not only does HFB provide nutritious food, the organization also provides programs and services aimed at helping families achieve long-term stability, including nutrition education, job training, health management and help in securing state-funded assistance. For every $1 donated, three meals are provided, which means our $10,000 donation provided 30,000 meals! To learn more, visit the HFB website or see their fact sheet.

Two people in front of a Houston Food Bank sign
Crum & Forster’s Chris Pluchino (left), Senior Vice President, Surplus & Specialty Lines and Christine Frisby (right), Executive Administrative Assistant, present $10,000 donation to Paula McKenzie, Director of Major Gifts for the Houston Food Bank.

Forgotten Harvest, based in Oak Park, Mich., is dedicated to relieving hunger and preventing the waste of nutritious food. Forgotten Harvest rescues food surpluses from grocery stores, markets, restaurants, caterers and more. The organization takes donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, and delivers it free-of-charge to emergency food providers in the metro Detroit area. Since COVID-19, Forgotten Harvest has opened 17 super sites, each serving around 700 families per week. To learn more, click here.

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Blaine Golles, C&F Human Resources Representative, presents $10,000 donation to Rebecca Gade-Sawicki of Forgotten Harvest.

Our commitment to supporting our people and their communities is an important part of our culture — one that helps us adapt to the kind of changes we faced in 2020 and enables our people to succeed. As we know, we all have to do well to do good.