Every Wednesday night Granville Homes, located in the Central Valley, provides free meals to the community of Firebaugh. Working in conjunction with the Salvation Army, the company welcomes anyone to come and enjoy a hot meal from 5 to 7 p.m. Typically 200 to 500 (!) people come for delicious meals such as beef stew. This is part of the Granville Foundation’s focus on programs that provide access to food, shelter, healthcare, and education for people in need.
The Granville Foundation was created to help improve the wellbeing of people in the Central Valley, the United States, and the world. According to the Granville Homes website, “Our passion drives our involvement in programs that provide access to food, shelter, healthcare, and education for people in need.”
Kudos to the company for recognizing the needs of the communities it serves. Companies can make a profit by developing communities while contributing to disadvantaged people. The free community dinners create a sense of place, bring the community together, and help those in need. More businesses should consider giving back in a direct and meaningful way.
Written by Tara Matthews, a Principal at RSG