Philanthropy is a major focus for PMA and its employees. Employees of PMA are encouraged to support charitable organizations both with time and financial contributions.
Here are just a few of the organizations and causes that PMA staff support each year:
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society
(ACS) is a nationwide, voluntary health organization. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the American Cancer Society's goal is to prevent cancer, save lives, and diminish suffering from cancer. Since 2001, PMA staff has raised nearly $80,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
Meals on Wheels
PMA staffers have committed their time to delivering hot, mid-day meals to area seniors and disabled community members who are homebound and unable to prepare nutritious meals on their own. Meals on Wheels enables these individuals to remain independent in their own homes and supports daily interaction and conversation.
Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools
PMA, as a member of the National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance
, donated a salad bar to John R. Downes Elementary School in Newark, Del., on Friday, May 11, 2012, as part of its commitment to increasing children’s consumption of fresh produce, in support of the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools and the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative, which focuses on providing students access to healthy foods.
Since then, PMA committed $100,000 to support Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools. In April 2013, PMA allocated 10 salad bars to schools throughout California as part of an industry effort to place more salad bars in that state. In July 2013, PMA announced destinations for an additional 27 salad bars, including 10 to St. Tammany's Parish schools in New Orleans, Louisiana.
In 2009, the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine concluded schools need to add as many as two servings of fruits and vegetables daily to meet children's basic health requirements. Recent rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture require a doubling of fruit and vegetable offerings for school meals. The Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative supports PMA’s local community and the effort to increase consumption of fresh produce to improve the lives and healthful eating habits of school children for generations to come.
Promoting Sustainability Externally and Internally
PMA is committed to building a culture of sustainability that balances equally on the pillars of planet, people and prosperity. To help sustain our industry’s environmental, human and economic resources, PMA has changed its internal operations to be more sustainable. Here we tally dozens of commitments (and counting!) by PMA’s leadership and staff to work more responsibly and sustainably each and every day.
Reducing and reusing waste and saving money at headquarters:
- PMA replaced all light bulbs with energy-efficient, natural-sunshine bulbs with life spans of 20,000 hours. In addition to saving energy, we have decreased our bulb replacement rate by 75 percent.
- PMA purchases computer processors and power supplies that consume less energy than the older models.
Reducing and reusing waste and saving money at PMA events:
- In 2007, PMA instituted a full recycling program for all paper, plastic, aluminum cans, newspapers, magazines and cardboard. The program resulted in a 75 percent decrease in our daily garbage disposal.
- PMA recycles all computers, printers, phones and other retired electronic equipment, as well as all office machine ink and toner cartridges.
- In 2008, PMA converted to all recycled and biodegradable trash bags, paper towels, soaps and cleaning products.
- At all events, recycling bins are placed in refreshment break areas to collect empty water and juice bottles. 2008 marked the last year water was distributed in disposable bottles at PMA events.
- All small signage is printed on 61% post-consumer recycled materials, are biodegradable and are 100% recyclable.
- All graphic panels used to build PMA-produced event displays and exhibits are 70% post-consumer recycled materials and are 100% recyclable.
- Conference bags are made with 51% recycled waste materials, from items such as empty water bottles and yogurt containers.
- In 2008, PMA began a badge-recycling program, allowing thousands of paper inserts and plastic holders to be recycled at the conclusion of PMA events.
- Carpet on show floors is made of 25% pre-industrial recycled content and is 100% post-industrial recyclable.
- Digital signage is used in many locations at Fresh Summit to replace multiple, non-recyclable signs.
- Foodservice vendors have replaced non-recyclable plastic utensils and plates with paper or plant-based products.
- PMA event pens are made of cornstarch instead of petroleum, thereby making them 72 percent biodegradable.
- All PMA-event workshop handouts, registrant lists and exhibitor kits are made available online or are emailed pre-conference, rather than physically printed. This saves more than 240,000 sheets of paper, an estimated $7,500 in copying and shipping costs.
- PMA holds events in facilities that have established sustainability programs.
Supporting community within our industry and at PMA events:
- PMA has added a Social Responsibility Fund (Calvert Social Investment Fund) option to the employee 401(k) fund group.
- At the conclusion of each Fresh Summit and the Foodservice Conference, excess fruit and vegetable products from booths is donated to local food banks.
- Hotels and convention centers used by PMA have established programs to donate usable, prepared food to local charity food kitchens.