H.J. Heinz factory presents grants to local organizations
Employees at the H.J. Heinz Company's Ontario factory presented donations totaling $10,000 Wednesday to several organizations as part of its 2011 Community Grant Program. Those included in the photo are (front row, from left) Lon Rose, human relations manager at HJ Heinz; Chris Cornell, Family Place; Linda Cummings, Boys & Girls Club of the Western Treasure Valley; Jennifer Fugate, Project Dove and Cindy Ranae, Project Dove; Keely Ponce, Boys & Girls Club; and Joe Garrard, plant manager, HJ Heinz. (Back row, from left) Tess Schellenbarger, Family Place; Angela Smith, Boys & Girls Club; Debbie Blackaby, Project Dove; Jason Reece, Boys & Girls Club; Renee Cummings, Harvest House Missions and Jody Stark, Four Rivers Health Clinic.
ONTARIO — Employees at the H.J. Heinz Company’s Ontario Factory presented donations totaling $10,000 to the following organizations: Boys & Girls Club of the Western Treasure Valley, Four Rivers Health Care, Harvest House, Project Dove, and The Family Place.
As part of a joint community grant program between the H.J. Heinz Company Foundation and Heinz North America to give back to the communities in which its factories reside.
The Ontario facility nominated the organizations for the grants and each then submitted a formal grant proposal. Following an extensive review by an internal committee, grants were awarded to qualifying recipients.
“We are excited to be able to give back to these organizations within our local community through these donations,” Ontario Factory Manager Joe Garrard said.
The organizations plan to utilize the donation in the following ways:
The donation to the Boys & Girls Club of the Western Treasure Valley will help support its Power Hour Making Minutes Count after-school program, where students work with youth development professionals who help make homework and education fun.
• Four Rivers Health Care will use the donation to continue its work in assisting patients in need by providing health care services and no-cost or low-cost medications.
• The donation to Harvest House Missions will help the organization toward providing emergency housing services, job search assistance, and training and education support to youth within the community
• Project Dove will apply the donation to costs associated with upgrading the building’s security system, which will help provide safety for victims of domestic violence.
• The Family Place will use the donation to purchase items and household products for its emergency food pantry that aren’t typically available at other pantries for local families.
In total, the H.J. Heinz Company Foundation and Heinz North America will contribute more than $200,000 to 58 organizations.
Those organizations include food banks, homeless shelters, domestic abuse programs, education initiatives and more; across the country in the form of grants through this community grant program.