May 4, 2018
2018 Cornerstone Partner: Performance Foodservice
Performance Foodservice-NorthCenter, a foodservice distribution company based in Augusta, supports the community in more ways than one. In addition to supplying food to thousands of businesses and schools in Maine, New Hampshire and Boston, NorthCenter has supported United Way for more than 30 years, generating hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Kennebec Valley area.
Through a corporate gift and donations from many generous employees, NorthCenter again positions itself as one of United Way’s 12 Cornerstone Partners, which collectively make up more than 53 percent of UWKV’s annual campaign. This is the second year of the Cornerstone recognition program. Several NorthCenter employees have also served on United Way’s Board of Directors and Allocations Committee.
NorthCenter credits its dedicated staff for cultivating an ongoing feeling of generosity toward United Way, and our associates are a true reflection of their commitment to the community.
Beyond contributing to UWKV’s annual campaign, NorthCenter hosts the United Way’s Food Pantry Project, for which employees generously collect non-perishable items to supply to local food banks. Over the course of four years, NorthCenter staff have donated 300 grocery bags of food, establishing the business as the lead contributor in United Way’s 100 Bag Club.
NorthCenter’s roots in the Augusta community run deep. What began in the 1960s as the modest Joseph Kirschner Company, selling meat products to restaurants and drive-ins, developed into NorthCenter Foodservice when H. Allen Ryan purchased the business in 1982. In 1999, NorthCenter Foodservice merged with Performance Food Group of Richmond, Virginia, to become a wholly owned subsidiary and part of the one of the largest food service distribution companies in the U.S. That same year, ID Magazine recognized NorthCenter with the “Great Distributor Organization” award, which is presented to the most outstanding foodservice distributor in the United States.
For more information about Performance Foodservice-NorthCenter, visit performancefoodservice.com. To learn more about becoming a corporate partner with United Way, visit uwkv.org or call 207-626-3400.
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