FULTON, NY – For G & C Foods giving back to its community is more than just a nice gesture. It’s part of its culture.
A long-time supporter of Oswego County Opportunities, David Lepage, president of G & C Foods, understands and appreciates the many human service programs that are provided through OCO.
The agency’s mission of helping those in need resonates with Lepage.
He knows that the work OCO does to improve the quality of life for underprivileged and underprovided children, families, and those with disabilities is essential to the overall well-being of Oswego County.
Headquartered in Syracuse, G & C Foods is a food service re-distributor of refrigerated, frozen and dry food.
While the business stores and delivers more than 4,000 food items to meet the needs of customers from Maine to Florida, Oswego County holds a special place for Lepage; it’s where he calls home.
“At G&C Foods we foster a culture that creates a more emotionally intelligent company with people being more thoughtful and respectful,” said Lepage. “Supporting an agency such as OCO is an extension of that thoughtfulness. Our culture emphasizes a participatory way of doing business that thrives at every level of management and every position in the company. It empowers our more than 200 employees to make decisions, and teaches the fundamentals of leadership, two characteristics that are incorporated into many of OCO’s programs.”
“The programs and services we offer at OCO provide our clients a hand up,” said OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier. “We teach them the importance of making good decisions and empower them to reach goals that will better their condition and elevate their self-esteem.”
The positivity that G & C Foods’ culture creates is also visible outside of the workplace.
Employees are encouraged to be engaged in teamwork activities.
Their interaction with non-profit organizations is one way in which they demonstrate that teamwork.
“We have been fortunate to have G & C Foods’ employees share their enthusiasm for helping non-profits by choosing to be a part of our annual Bowl-A-Fun event,” said Cooper-Currier. “Each year employees comprise several teams and they are eagerly waiting to be a part of this year’s Bowl-A-Fun event ‘Fabulous at 50!’”
“We are proud to count such a caring and community-minded company as G & C Foods among our supporters,” added Cooper-Currier. “As an anti-poverty agency OCO’s mission is to fight poverty in many forms. Virtually all of our programs address the issue of hunger at some level. We are appreciative of the fact that Mr. Lepage has chosen OCO as one of G & C Foods’ benefactors. His commitment to our community and his support of our programs is inspiring.”
“Working in the food business I am well aware of how important good nutrition is to children and their families,” Lepage said. “I worked my up from high school and I can identify with everyone. I am proud and excited to be able to support OCO as its programs touch the lives of so many in Oswego County. I live in Oswego County and many of our employees reside there as well. Supporting OCO allows G & C Foods to maintain a direct connection with its community at a grassroots level.”
Did you know … Oswego County Opportunities is celebrating 50 years of service to the Oswego County community in 2016.
To learn more about OCO’s past, present and future, visit www.oco.org