ARS/Rescue Rooter Builds a Drawbridge over the Troubling Waters of Child Hunger

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American Residential Services (ARS), a Memphis, Tenn. based, privately-held national provider of air conditioning, heating and plumbing services, held a “Can Castle” contest on behalf of food banks in their service areas. ARS donated approximately 11,300 canned goods to food banks across the country as a result of this friendly competition.

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American Residential Services (ARS), a Memphis, Tenn. based, privately-held national provider of air conditioning, heating and plumbing services, held a “Can Castle” contest on behalf of food banks in their service areas. Branches were challenged to collect canned goods from June 15- July 15 and construct “can castles” from their collection. ARS service centers across the country competed against each other for the most original castle and most canned goods accumulated. ARS donated approximately 11,300 canned goods to food banks across the country as a result of this friendly competition.

ARS chose this as an organizational outreach initiative due to the critical need for food banks. “Summer is such a tough time since it is the time of the least donations but the greatest needs,” notes Debbie Weinbel, Gift Officer for the North Texas Food Bank. “With school out, many children are losing two meals a day they would typically eat at school. They and their families depend on the Food Bank and our program partners for fresh, nutritious meals. We are so thankful for ARS assisting in making sure they have a food-secure summer!”

ARS had 24 service centers participate in the competition, and there was a Grand Prize awarded, as well as prizes for first, second, and third most creative can castles. Rescue Rooter of Atlanta was the Grand Prize winner, with Brothers Rock Hill in Rock Hill, SC, winning “Most Creative” award; R.S. Andrews in Portsmouth, VA, winning “First Runner Up” award; and Unique Services in Bradenton, FL, winning “Second Runner Up” award.

“There are critical circumstances around hungry children and their families in our country,” says Christopher Mellon, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer of ARS. “A record 21.7 million American kids get free or reduced-price lunch during school. But when summer vacation starts, the vast majority of them go without this essential, federally funded benefit. ARS is honored to assist in the important mission of helping feed those in need.”

ABOUT AMERICAN RESIDENTIAL SERVICES: Based in Memphis, Tenn., privately-owned ARS operates a network of more than 70 locally-managed service centers in 23 states, with approximately 6,500 employees. The ARS network features industry-leading brands including, A.J. Perri, Aksarben ARS, Allgood, Andy’s Statewide, ARS, Aspen Air Conditioning, Atlas Trillo, Beutler, Blue Dot, Brothers, Columbus Worthington Air, Comfort Heating & Air, Conway Services, Efficient Attic Systems (EAS), Florida Home Air Conditioning, Green Star Home Services, McCarthy Services, Rescue Rooter/ Proserv, Rescue Rooter, RighTime Home Services, RS Andrews, The Irish Plumber, Unique Services, "Will" Fix It, and Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing. United by Exceptional Service®, the ARS / Rescue Rooter Network serves both residential and light commercial customers by providing heating, cooling, indoor air quality, plumbing, drain cleaning, sewer line, radiant barrier, insulation and ventilation services. Each location has a knowledgeable team of trained specialists, who have undergone rigorous drug testing and criminal background checks. Providing exceptional service and ensuring the highest standards of quality, ARS has the experience to do any job right – the first time, with all work fully guaranteed.

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