How We Give Back
Whether it’s through volunteering at a local food bank kitchen or rethinking the way we pack and ship each order, we keep sustainability, community and fighting hunger top of mind.
We are committed to minimizing our environmental footprint and inspiring others to do the same. We are constantly seeking more ways to decrease energy usage, increase efficiency, and act with environmental awareness and responsibility across our facilities and offices.
Biodegradable packaging has been a priority for Roland Foods for more than a decade. We ship our products in 100% biodegradable packing peanuts. Made of cornstarch, they dissolve in water, saving approximately 22,680 cubic feet per year of polystyrene and other waste from ending up in landfills.
In our offices, we are vigilant about behaving sustainably. Our recent move (between floors) enabled us to improve our processes and significantly reduce our use of paper. By converting many of our processes to be online, our Accounting Department reduced its paper use by over 90%, while the Credit Department went from having 15 shelf cabinets to zero—all with the goal of operational and environmental excellence.
Roland Foods works with suppliers from all over the world. We favor and actively seek out those whose values and standards align with ours. Many of our suppliers possess International Standardization Organization certifications, engage in sustainable farming practices and contribute to the wellbeing of their communities.
Harnessing Solar Energy
We converted our 250,000 square foot warehouse in New Jersey to solar power. We prioritize the purchase and use of electric-powered forklifts and vehicles in our warehouses.
Building strong relationships has been a priority since Bruno and Suzanne Scheidt founded Roland Foods. Since 1934, we’ve proactively engaged and supported the communities in which our workers, suppliers and clients live.
Beautifying Central Park
Every year, Roland Foods participates in the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge in New York. Proceeds from the race go to the Central Park Conservancy, which raises 75% of the park’s annual budget and is responsible for the work essential to keeping Central Park beautiful.
Financial Support for Culinary Education
We sponsor 12 need-based culinary scholarships for meritorious aspiring chefs and restaurateurs annually.
We provide financial donations for scholarships at the Johnson and Wales University, Joliet Junior College, and Southern New Hampshire University.
We support the South Jersey Chefs Association, whose goal is to provide scholarships to local high school students who want to attend culinary school.
Loyalty & Support through Natural Disasters
We are loyal and supportive, especially when natural disasters create instability for suppliers and their families. We reach out to our suppliers to offer assistance and we frequently offer pre-payments on our orders to help ensure fiscal stability.
In October 2017, our Roland Foods relief efforts donated over $120,000 worth of product to food banks in Houston, Miami and Puerto Rico. Our employees also raised over $12,000 to donate to the American Red Cross, and many individuals participated in the blood drive organized by the New York Blood Center drive.
We believe that we must have a role in working to fight hunger, and we do this by donating our time and our products to organizations that work to feed the hungry and close economic gaps.
In 2016, we donated over $230,000 in kind to food banks in communities nationwide.
Volunteer Food Preparation & Service
Our team regularly volunteers to serve meals and work with organizations offering hunger stopgaps. We pack fresh fruits and vegetables, make sandwiches and serve dinners with NY Common Pantry, City Harvest and the Bowery Mission.
In February 2017, we gathered viable Roland® samples from around the office and sorted, packed and donated 700 pounds of food to City Harvest.
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