Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes’ challenge: Fill the box; get your own!

Carol Madaio, operations manager of Fauntleroy-based Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering, wanted to let you know about the food drive happening at her company. She hopes it will result in overflow donations for the empty box above – and inspiration for other West Seattle companies too:

We start our week every Monday morning with an all-office meeting to go over the upcoming week. Rob Garner, our General Manager opens the meeting by reading from a book called “Every Monday Matters – 52 ways to make a difference” by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza. The book provides “52 creative but doable activities and gives 52 down to earth ways to make a difference”. Through this book, Rob, along with Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering owners David Haggerty and David Meckstroth have been challenging us all to make a difference separately and collectively.

Last week’s topic – “Ever been hungry for a week?” which included the fact that 35.1 million people have limited access to enough food and that 12.4 million of those are children hit us hard. You see, that is what we do, we feed people and in the process there is always food for us to eat too. We smell delicious food all day and enjoy a family meal at lunch every day. And while our Executive Chef frequently brings appropriate leftovers to neighborhood shelters we wanted to do more.

The idea came for us to have an office food drive where instead of the usual treats at our next Monday meeting we would all bring in cans of food which would be donated to the West Seattle Food Bank. Soon the idea grew to a company food drive. We would like to put this challenge out to the rest of the West Seattle businesses to do the same this week.

2 Replies to "Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes' challenge: Fill the box; get your own!"

  • Pete February 11, 2009 (10:26 pm)

    Another example of our West Seattle community coming together to support itself. The demands being placed on our local food banks in today’s environment are tremendous. Those of us that are on the Board of Directors at the West Seattle Food Bank are privileged to see all of the very generous folks that support us. It is great to see this support publicized. Thanks Tracy & Patrick for helping our West Seattle community see this side of folks that we call our neighbors.

  • a parent February 12, 2009 (2:59 pm)

    Great idea TnT! What is more important than providing for struggling families’ basic needs in a time like this?? BTW, this company makes delicious food, for anyone looking for a good caterer!!

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