Locals are used to seeing Guardian Protection’s vans in the community, helping home and business owners protect what matters most. Recently, the company put some of their vehicles to a different use to help fight another security issue — food insecurity.
Through a partnership with 412 Food Rescue, Guardian is picking up and delivering fresh food every week to area non-profits who will distribute the food to those in need throughout the region.
“Our mission at Guardian is to help people feel safe and secure, especially during uncertain times,” said Kevin Bish, vice president of marketing. “With food insecurity increasing during the COVID-19 crisis for people throughout the community, the partnership with 412 Food Rescue was the perfect way to mobilize our people and vehicles for good.”
Because of the volume of food donated, larger vehicles are required for transportation. Guardian vans can move nearly 50 boxes at once, which helps ensure food gets to the people who need it, faster. To date, Guardian food rescue heroes have transported 227 boxes to organizations in Swissvale, Braddock, West View, Beaver Falls, Baden and Highland Park. The twice weekly food deliveries will continue through August.
“During the COVID-19 crisis, we have been amazed by all the ways our community has come together to help those in need,” said Leah Lizarondo, co-founder and CEO of 412 Food Rescue. “Almost 3,000 people have signed up to volunteer, and local businesses have come up with creative ways to help get food to the people who need it. Guardian Protection has been a valuable and generous partner during this time with the donation of their vans and volunteers. We’re thankful for their collaboration.”