Company : Smart & Final Stores LLC
Program category : Health

Origins:

When Jim Wood, District Manager, was told he would be opening a new store in the Fresno community, he felt it was important to make sure the community understood Smart & Final was there to make a positive difference and provide support for the area before we ever sold any product. With a block in much need to clean up and care within two blocks of the new store, Jim and his team decided to adopt Lafayette Park. Two weeks before the store’s doors opened, Jim, along with S&F associates from throughout central California and some community volunteers, participated in a fantastic park clean-up.

Contribution:

Approximately 40 Smart & Final associates participated in the park clean-up that included washing the playground, sweeping, power washing and painting. Additionally, one of our vendors, BMS, donated their time, product and equipment to stripping, scrubbing, cleaning and waxing the Recreation Hall at the park. Jim also partnered with Frito-Lay and PepsiCo to assist with providing product and beverages, while Smart & Final provided lunch and snacks for all volunteers. They also had four volunteers of their own. Additionally, The Way Ministry, which uses the park’s Recreation Hall on weekends, also had members volunteer. Smart & Final’s local district has now adopted Lafayette Park for the next year.

Objectives:

The Lafayette Park clean-up and adoption was meant to show that before we even open our doors, Smart & Final is there to partner with them and to improve the community. It was also an opportunity to get involvement from associates all throughout the city of Fresno as well as the rest of district. We had associates come from as far as Modesto to participate.

Impact:

The Lafayette Park clean-up and adoption was meant to show that before we even open our doors, Smart & Final is there to partner with them and to improve the community. It was also an opportunity to get involvement from associates all throughout the city of Fresno as well as the rest of district. We had associates come from as far as Modesto to participate.

Quote:

Smart & Final has a long history of contributing to the communities it serves. I'm proud of Jim and his entire district for coming together for this worthy cause and for their commitment to continuing to give back to the community of Fresno through their adoption of Lafayette Park. Dave Hirz President & CEO