By Ed Nicholson
It’s always inspiring to see food industry pros engaged in the fight against hunger. Joni and Wally Doolin had already been long-time supporters of Share Our Strength when we arrived on the scene in 2000 (and still are). Joni’s the Founder and CEO of People Report, a group that takes a progressive approach to HR challenges and opportunities in the foodservice industry. Recently, People Report gathered 65 high-level foodservice managers from around the country in a service day excercise at the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas. You can’t overestimate the impact something like this has: engaging people in the fight against hunger who have influence and decision-making capacity in their own communities. Here’s their report on the activities.
Dallas, TX- Over 65 senior level executives from the 120 major restaurant companies that make up the People Report Consortium gathered in Dallas on November 12th, 2008 to lend a hand at the North Texas Food Bank.
This day of service took place from 8:30am-12:00pm, the first time this many senior foodservice executives have banded together to lend a hand for a day. In a time when economic pressures continue to strangle the restaurant industry, it is unprecedented for executives from competing, national companies to come together to serve the community together.
“People Report is proud that, with the help of our member consortium we can help make a significant impact in our community in a short amount of time.” shares Joni Doolin, Founder and CEO of People Report. She adds, “This is new for our industry, having competitors serve together. It gives us hope that amidst one of the toughest years we have faced as businesses, we can come together for the purpose of helping others.”
Hosted by Jim Knight, Senior Director of Training and Development for Hard Rock International, the 65 executives started the day by learning about “Philanthropy That Rocks” then were able to package over 16,000 meals at the North Texas Food Bank.
People Report thanks Ecosure, Kronos For Dining and Einstein Brothers Bagels for sponsoring the Service That Rocks Event.
Kudos to Joni, People Report, and all of the participating execs for applying their time and energy in this direction.