Schaumburg, Ill. (September 12, 2014)Assurance, an award-winning independent insurance brokerage, continued its commitment to giving on August 20, 2014, when a number of employees spent their work day  volunteering with Northern Illinois Food Bank. This is the tenth year that Assurance volunteers have assisted the organization.

Serving more than 60,000 people each week, the NIFB aims to acquire and distribute food to pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other 501(c)(3) hunger reduction sites in 13 surrounding communities. The nonprofit also offers educational opportunities to become more effective at fighting hunger. The food bank has centers in Geneva (West Suburban Center), Lake County (North Suburban Center), Loves Park (Northwest Center) and an office in Joliet.

The volunteer opportunity is one of 18 similar events scheduled for 2014, where Assurance employees donate their time to deserving nonprofit organizations. All volunteer days are organized by the company’s employee-driven charitable foundation Assurance Caring Together (ACT).  

At the event, Assurance volunteers played an integral role in checking and boxing meat, as well as granola for local shelters. The group packed 1,620 pounds of granola which will provide 1,350 meals. Assurance volunteers also managed to pack 6,510 pounds of meat resulting in 5,425 meals. All together, the group’s efforts equate to nearly 6,800 meals for the nearly one in eight hungry citizens of Illinois. 

“I’ve seen the NIFB trucks as far north as McHenry,” said Rosemary Suchomski, Accounting Analyst at Assurance. She continued, “It’s great to know meals you packed with fellow employees could be on that truck making a difference in the local community.” 

Under the motto “We Can Be Heroes”, Assurance employees have donated over 14,500 labor hours in a nine year span through volunteer opportunities organized by ACT. If you or your business would like to volunteer with NIFB, please visit solvehungertoday.org.