In 2014, Straub established our Week of Giving – week where our team comes together to give back to the communities that have given so much to us. It’s a time for our team to reflect on what we’re grateful for and more importantly – have fun while helping organizations and people in need. 

As you imagine, Week of Giving looked a little different this year. Enhanced sanitation measures, masks, social distancing and more. Though we couldn’t do in-person activities for some of our usual events, we were still able to make a big impact on a few of our favorite local organizations and charities. 

Harvesters 

Feeding hungry people today, to end world hunger tomorrow. 

Harvesters is a regional food bank serving a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas. Harvesters provides food and related household products to more than 760 nonprofit agencies including emergency food pantries, community kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes and others.  

Every Friday, Harvesters delivers food to metro schools.
Straub sorted and boxed 550 snack bags for these students.

Bishop Sullivan Center 

Inspired by Christian faith, Bishop Sullivan Center shows God’s love to people in financial hardship by providing food, help in finding jobs and other aid. 

Beyond material assistance, Bishop Sullivan Center strives to build relationships between those who live in poverty and those who do not, promoting mutual understanding and affirming the dignity of all. 

Straub participated in the Adopt a Family program, purchasing Christmas presents for a family in need. Under normal circumstances, we would also serve a meal at One City Café. We look forward to serving Chef Dwight’s delicious creations when they reopen. 

Shawnee Community Services 

Shawnee Community Services exists to offer a hand up to those in need throughout the Greater Kansas City. They serve their customers with integrity and respect, giving them a hand up and the tools they need to be self-reliant and give back to our communities. 

Straub donated 150 hams, 150 turkeys, and 300 boxes each of instant potatoes, corn breadand packaged icing for Thanksgiving dinner distribution. We then boxed these mealscombined with other donations, for families in need of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. 

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City 

Ronald McDonald Charities believe in supporting families and helping them access the medical care and resources they need. 

Straub donated dinner for families with children at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Typically, we also serve this meal and provide amazing homemade desserts. We look forward to bringing this tradition back next year. 

Thank you, to our communities… 

2020 has brought unprecedented challenges to thousands of people across the metro. We are thankful to each of these incredible organizations for allowing us to play a small part in giving back this holiday season.