Making a difference in Kent, Washington by giving food to our staff throughout the year.
Comprehensive Logistics’ Human Resources Manager Samantha Walsh shares how the Food Pantry was established out of need and is sustained throughout the year.
In May of 2021, I had an employee come into my office to discuss his pay. He was inquiring about a possible raise. He began to cry telling me that he could not afford food for his family and that his youngest son was crying for milk the night before, but this employee could not afford to get any. Being a parent myself, I knew how much he was hurting not being able to provide for the basic needs of his family.
I told him to come back and see me at the end of the day. I had a meeting with my amazing leadership team here in Kent and told them of the employee’s issues and needs. Without hesitation, they all agreed that I would go shopping and get this employee what he needed to take care of his family. When the employee came back to see me at the end of the day, he had a carload of food waiting for him.
Seeing the appreciation and relief on the face of this employee gave us the idea to start a food pantry for all our employees who are struggling to feed their families. We use our own money to fund the pantry.
The Leadership team came together and stocked almost an entire room with food, hygiene items, socks, and diapers. It was amazing to see the hearts of this leadership team that I am so proud to be a part of. They even got their spouses involved. One wife went outside of CLI and got donations of food for the pantry.
We made food baskets for both Thanksgiving and Christmas (as well as gifts) for ANY employee who was struggling to make the holidays good for their families.
The response from our employees has been so positive. Most have been surprised that their employer has concerns for their life outside of CLI. They are so appreciative.
As a team, we all believe that none of our employees should stress over feeding their families.
This year, we are adding boxes with specific recipes and all the food the employee will need to make that recipe. Each member of the Leadership Team is putting together 1-2 different boxes. That is at least 10 boxes of complete meals!
We are honored and blessed to be able to help our employees.
About Comprehensive Logistics, Co., Inc.
Comprehensive Logistics (CLI) partners with customers to design and execute third-party logistics (3PL) outsourced warehousing solutions. Services include subassembly, kitting, value-add, warehouse management and dedicated shuttle, short-haul transportation and yard management. All productivity, processes and inventory are controlled through a best-in-class proprietary Warehouse Management System, called STREME. Real-time performance metrics and stock level visibility, including notification alerts, are available on the customer’s mobile devices.
As millions of automotive, consumer products and service parts flow through the 20+ facilities in 18 states/provinces throughout North America, CLI’s 3,000+ employees follow the highly engineered processes and customized solutions, incorporating structured control methodologies, quality management systems, uniform operating procedures with strict safety protocols. Industrially diverse original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and their suppliers have come to trust CLI to perform just-in-time value-added services that are integral to the quality and timely final assembly of their products.