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 23,000 cubic feet per year of polystyrene and other waste from ending up in landfills.
In our offices, we are vigilant about behaving sustainably. We continue to significantly reduce our use of paper by converting many of our processes online 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 well-being of their communities.
Harnessing Solar Energy
We have converted our 330,000 square foot warehouse in New Jersey to solar power. We also 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.
Support For Culinary Education
We sponsor several need-based culinary scholarships for meritorious aspiring chefs and restaurateurs annually. We also engage with our partner programs by providing mentorship for students and chefs who are preparing to enter into culinary or corporate careers. We are proud to provide in-kind donations that support culinary curriculums for several organizations who facilitate many individuals in their pursuit of culinary careers.
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.
We are able to leverage our warehouse locations, logistics excellence and product availability to offer relief in emergencies across the USA. In the fall of 2018, we donated 22 pallets of product to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. In October 2017, Roland Foods donated over $120,000 worth of product to food banks in Houston, Miami, and Puerto Rico. Our employees also have been generous with monetary donations and participation in local blood drives to support communities in need.
Our culture is one of generosity and altruism and at Roland Foods, our employees take charge and often give their time or skills to our community partners. In 2018 we had several employees teach classes at the Food & Finance High School and volunteer at Emma’s Torch. We also worked directly with the Coalition for the Homeless to host an in-office back to school supply collection event as well as a holiday toy 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.
Food Donations & Volunteer Service
In 2018, we donated over 130,000 pounds of food to food banks in communities nationwide.
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.
Quarterly we gather viable Roland® samples from around the office and sort, pack and donate to City Harvest.
We have carefully selected community organizations to support that align with these pillars of service. Learn more here.
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