Food Drive Archives | Outsell
November 23, 2011

Joyce Food Shelf Food Drive

Outsell Brings in Over 5000 Items for Joyce Uptown Food Shelf

When: November 7th 8:00 am thru November 21st 5:00 pm

What: Donation of dry goods, pastas, canned items, toiletries, cosmetic aids, cereals, non-perishables, and other sundries to help the less fortunate who use the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf during the upcoming winter months

As we approach Thanksgiving Day we have a lot to be thankful for here at Outsell along with the excitement of going home to visit family and friends. Eating all that delicious food is great…but it’s also a time to remember those that are less fortunate or have fallen on tough times.

Last year we started the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf Food Drive and Outsell Charity Competition Fundraiser. The premise of the event is to bring in items for the local food shelf, but also awards the team that brings in the most items with $500 for their respective Outsell Charity.

Outsell’s original total goal of 600 items was quickly doubled to 1250 during the competition, but by the end, the combined teams hit well over 5000 items, a total of 3250 pounds, which almost tripled our amount from the year before, along with a monetary donation for the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf.

Teams were separated amongst departments, with a member of the senior leadership team on each. Mike Wethington, Founder & CEO of Outsell, however, was quickly ‘voted off the island’ from his team and placed on his own Team Outsell to better ensure fairness. The other teams included Outsell Charities: Make-A-Wish, Feed My Starving Children, The Humane Society, Bridges to Learning, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

After some tough competition and much email smack-talking, a winning team came ahead victorious: Bridges to Learning. Congratulants to everyone who participated, making this holiday season a true example of giving. Stay tuned for more on our Christmas fundraiser yet to come!

January 19, 2011

Feed My Starving Children

Outsell Caring Committee Continues Community Involvement

In November The Outsell Caring Committee held our First Annual Outsell Food Drive for the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf, a team-oriented employee event discussed in a previous blog entry here.

Jon Petron, Strategic Alliance Manager and member of the Caring Committee, headed the winning team, bringing in the most food and household items. They were awarded $1000 to donate to their charity of choice, the Feed My Starving Children organization.

Barb Shimshock, Development Advisor and Monthly Giving Specialist for the organization stopped by our offices to explain more about the program and accept our donation.

Jon and members of the winning team with Barb Shimshock

The organization was founded in 1987 by a Minnesota businessman inspired after a humanitarian trip to Honduras. With the help of food scientist from General Mills and Cargill, Feed My Starving Children packages and ships specifically designed food to assist in the growth and development of children in 67 underprivileged countries, providing assistance most frequently to Haiti. Their head offices are located in Coon Rapids, MN, with additional offices in Minnesota, Illinois, and Arizona.

To distribute the packaged meals, Feed My Starving Children is partnered with several global distribution nonprofits and missionaries such as Salesian Missions, Love A Child, Cross International, Samaritans International, and World in Need.

Volunteers package food every Monday through Saturday throughout the day, and can be in such over-abundance that contributing people and organizations sometimes need to schedule a packaging time months in advance. Individuals, couples, and groups can volunteer, as well as groups from companies and other organizations like Outsell, often as a team-building exercise.

At Outsell we look forward to future opportunities working with the Feed My Starving Children program. Please take the time to check out more information about the organization as well as Outsell’s other charitable groups.


Giving Back to Those in Need

In honor of the recent Thanksgiving holiday, the Outsell Caring Committee organized the First Annual Outsell Food Drive. Between November 11th and 23rd Outsell employees donated 1113 pounds of food for the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf (JUFS) and Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA), along with high demand items like cleaning supplies, detergent, bathroom supplies, and personal hygiene products.

Each person & family in need receives 3 days worth of food (approximately 15 pounds) and two household items. The amount donated by Outsell will supply 70 people with 15 pounds each.


“This year it is more important than ever to reach out to people in need, and since we have all been so blessed here, we want to share what we have with people who would otherwise go without during this holiday season.”


The company was split into teams to add some competition to the project, providing all groups with additional donations for their specific represented charitable organization.

The winning team, headed by Jon Petron, earned $1000 for the Feed My Starving Children organization, with Outsell’s other charitable organizations each receiving $500. You can see all of the organizations Outsell supports on the Outsell Caring Committee page on our website.

A big thank you to all who participated in this first of hopefully many food drives, and a thank you to the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf and Southern Anoka Community Assistance for giving us the opportunity to give back this holiday season.

Another fantastic fund-raiser is coming up for the Christmas holiday season, so stay tuned.