Faurecia workers collect food in annual program
by Paisley Boston
Sep 15, 2013 | 6912 views | 0 0 comments | 588 588 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Faurecia is preparing for the holidays early by conducting its annual FUELS Food Drive — Faurecia Unites with Employees for Local Service Food Drive.

This is the fourth year the company has sponsored this program and the Cleveland site plans to donate 10,000 pounds of food to needy families in Bolivar County.

Faurecia and its employees have provided more than 1.3 million meals since the program began in 2010.

"September 6 was our first day and we've already gotten 1,500 pounds of food,” said Richard Kostal, human resources director at the Cleveland site. “This is kind of how we help out during the holidays. It's an awesome opportunity for us. I am so glad that we are fortunate enough to give back,"

Throughout September, the company's employees are challenged to collect the highest quantity of non-perishable food items to help fight hunger.

"Hunger is widespread, it affects the kids that are in your classroom and the family that lives across the street from you. The food drive helps out a lot of people in our community," added Kostal.

Faurecia also contributes monetary donations. For each site that meets its collection goal, the company pledges to donate $500 to the sites local food bank partner.

The site that collects the most meals per employee each week will receive an extra $1,000 donation for its food bank.

Faurecia is further pledging $5,000 for one site in the U.S./Canada and one site in Mexico that collects the most meals per employee.

"We raise a lot of money by doing various activities inside of the plant. On Fridays, we allow our employees to pay $1 to wear any color T-shirt that they like. We use that money towards the food drive," said Kostal.

A $1 donation can provide three meals. Cash donations are used to secure food from local grocery stores.

"Vowell's marketplace has given us some bulk pricing, so that we can get the most bang for our buck," added Kostal.

The company has also developed a partnership with local companies to aid with their goal for the year.

"Belkin has a FUELS drive bin. Anyone in the community who would like to donate could go by and drop off non-perishable items at Belkin, the 7-11 convenient store on Sharpe Street and Vowell's marketplace," added Kostal.

Faurecia works directly with the Bolivar County Community Action Agency; the agency aids in food distribution after the drive.

"We work with them because they have a huge influence on the community, and they are able to service the entire county. BCCAA is a good organization to work with," said Kostal.

To stay up-to-date on contributions from each Faurecia site and receive social media updates, including photos, videos and anecdotes, connect with FaureciaFUELS.com, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.