In early February, we at Be Found Online were challenged by Glenn Burr (First Officer of Mojo at Inc. Small Giants Community) to kick-start more specific, intentional charity initiatives for 2015. In the past, we’ve contributed to some great causes, including the Autism Society of Illinois, 4 Greyhound Racers, and Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, and this year we wanted to do more.

To this end, we’re happy to announce our first charity initiative of 2015: bringing food to those in need not only in Chicago but in communities across the country. The Be Found Online Feeding Frenzy is a company-wide food drive that will take place from March 1st to March 31st, 2015. In addition to our Chicago office, employees from all over the U.S.—including Connecticut, Florida, North Carolina, and Montana—are supporting the Greater Chicago Food Depository as well as their local food banks.

There are a number of ways in which we’re working toward this cause. Contributions can be made through our virtual food drive, and we will also be collecting food donations in our office and outside of a local grocery store. To top off our Feeding Frenzy, several BFO employees will be contributing through their participation in this year’s Chiditarod!

Why it Matters

Hunger and food insecurity are issues that impact nearly 800,000 people in Cook County, Illinois alone. Across the country, over 49 million people—including 16 million children—face hunger. That means about 14% of U.S. households lack everyday access to basic nutrition.

Our CEO, Steve Krull, says, “We really wanted to build a charity initiative that embodies who we are as an organization. As you can see, we accepted Glenn Burr’s challenge wholeheartedly and I’m happy to say that we’re planning many more initiatives for the year to come.” Steve is excited for BFO to “be more active for the charities we cherish,” and the Feeding Frenzy is the first step toward making that happen.

Our Goal

By March 31st, our company of 40 employees hopes to have raised enough money and food to feed 400 people for a day—that’s a total of 1,200 meals to help families in need. All proceeds—every dollar and every pound of food collected—will go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, benefitting their efforts to fight hunger in our community.
Check out our progress throughout the month or contribute to the cause by visiting the Be Found Online Feeding Frenzy page!