When we were made aware that one in nine people in our community is at risk for hunger, we knew we needed to join the effort to help."
Milford, MA (PRWEB) June 13, 2012
After 20 years of helping to create the finest kitchens in New England, Clarke, New England’s exclusive distributor of Sub-Zero, Wolf, Asko and Best appliances, has identified helping to alleviate hunger in New England as one of its primary missions. To that end, Clarke has pledged to provide funding for 125,000 meals in 2012. This support will be funneled to those in need through The Greater Boston Food Bank and The Connecticut Food Bank.
“The synergy between Clarke and these two incredible organizations is unparalleled,” said CEO Tom Clarke. “My son, Sean, will be working with Clarke’s team to not only raise funds, but also schedule service days at The Greater Boston Food Bank, so that our employees and families understand the important work that must be done to help alleviate hunger in our area. When we were made aware of the fact that one in nine people in our community is at risk for hunger and that requests for food assistance have increased by 23% since 2005, we knew we needed to join the effort to help.”
Clarke’s marketing team has met with Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) President and CEO Catherine D’Amato to tour the 117,000-square-foot food distribution facility in the Newmarket section of Boston.
“The place is truly extraordinary,” said Sean Clarke. “They have created such an incredible process for acquiring and distributing healthy food to people at risk of hunger. Last year they distributed over 36 million pounds of food, enough to feed 545,000 people. It is truly inspirational to see the thousands of volunteers packing food for distribution and meet the dedicated employees who make the system work so efficiently. We are looking forward to visiting the Connecticut Food Bank to understand their system as well.
He continued, “When you have the good fortune, as we have, to be surrounded by beautiful kitchens and fabulous chefs on a regular basis, you forget how many people are at risk for hunger right around you. This partnership will help everyone at Clarke understand the problem fully and give them tools to help.”
“We are pleased to partner with Clarke on this important initiative,” said GBFB President and CEO Catherine D’Amato. “Hunger hurts, but when businesses come to us and offer their support, we know that together, we can help end hunger here by raising awareness about this crucial problem. Clarke is the first company in the kitchen design industry to approach us, and we hope their leadership will open doors for others to recognize the need.”
The Greater Boston Food Bank is guided by the mission to end hunger in eastern Massachusetts and The Connecticut Food Bank is dedicated to ending hunger in Connecticut. Both non-profit organizations are members of Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief organization in America.
“A percentage of every Clarke appliance purchased this year will be donated to these great organizations,” said Tom Clarke. “We thank our customers for helping to make this possible and look forward to the day that hunger is not a critical problem in New England.”
This award-winning distributor of appliances from Sub-Zero, Wolf and Asko, provides expansive showroom resource centers in Milford, MA and South Norwalk, CT, where homeowners can learn about and experience these appliances in dramatic kitchen vignettes, without any pressure to purchase. Clarke also offers Clarke Customer Care, a dedicated repair service for their brands, that has earned them “Best in the US” customer satisfaction ratings. They also offer cooking classes and events from Clarke corporate chefs and local celebrity chefs at The Clarke Culinary Center inside their showrooms and recently launched kitchen boutiques and an online store at http://www.savoirfare.com where homeowners can purchase the finest cooking tools. For more information, visit http://www.clarkecorp.com.