COVID-19 has brought uncertainty and trying times—but also showed the inspiring generosity of many individuals, families, and community partners.
Partners like Premier Food Service (PFS), a local food company that provides coffee services and operates a water bottling facility—mainly providing water to companies, vending businesses, and micro markets (staff cafeterias, break rooms, etc.). Staying true to their mission, PFS strives to provide Kansans with access to healthy food and work with organizations to support youth development in the community.
When COVID-19 hit, the food industry and especially cafeterias were hit hard, leaving many PFS employees without their typical job functions. When PFS received funds from the PPP Loan, they brainstormed meaningful ways to keep their staff employed while helping those in need.
“It was a scary time and there was so much unknown. We wanted to keep employees busy to work together through difficult times,” said PFS Vice President Kim Patterson.
PFS knew nonprofits were operating for longer hours and providing more services so they decided to take action. Using their PPP loan to cover labor and PFS owner Joe Hemmelgarn’s personal funds to cover all food costs, PFS was able to donate more than 5,000 meals to three local nonprofits—including nearly 2,000 donated meals to HumanKind Ministries’s shelters alone.
We are so grateful for PFS’s generosity and kindness and the large impact they had on many struggling families and individuals. Without community partners like PFS, HumanKind Ministries could not continue providing shelter, food, and other basic needs to the most vulnerable in our community. Thanks to them and all of you for your support!