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Have Lunch On Me, KC!

Did you know that 15.6 million U.S. households were food insecure at some time during 2016? Or that 17.2% of the population in Jackson County, Missouri, is food-insecure? That’s about 117,270 individuals right in our own backyard.

Agforce delivers food and beverage shipments coast-to-coast every day of the year, but we wanted to make sure we were doing our part to get healthy food to those who need it right here at home, too.

So Agforce sponsored Lunch On Me KC at Thelma’s Kitchen, Kansas City’s first and only donate-what-you-can café.

Thelma’s Kitchen, a non-profit funded by Reconciliation Services in partnership with the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and Village Presbyterian Church, exists to meet the very real need our area has for access to affordable food with dignity. “When we serve together and sit and share a meal together,” the website says, “we begin to understand what it means to be community.”

A cross-departmental group of Agforce employees – plus some of our amazing customers and vendors – joined Thelma’s vibrant community last Friday, June 21. We spent three hours serving healthy, local, seasonal lunch to Thelma’s Kitchen customers.

“At Agforce, we’ve always felt like more than just coworkers, customers and contractors. We’re a community in and of ourselves. So it was wonderful to take that sense of community and apply it to something greater,” said Jennifer Whitson, Marketing Manager.

Here’s how the donate-what-you-can café works: like the name implies, guests donate what they are able for a meal that includes soup, salad, entree, beverage and dessert.

Thelma’s Kitchen suggests a $10 donation for a large plate and $7 for a small plate, but no customers get turned away. If guests are unable to afford a $2 minimum donation, they can volunteer 30 minutes of time in the restaurant in exchange for lunch.

“So many Kansas City chefs, farms and food providers – not to mention all Thelma’s guests and volunteers – partner to make this initiative a reality. We were honored to be part of it,” said Pat Lawhon, Strategic Sales & Partnerships.

On the day we spent at Thelma’s Kitchen, the menu included broccoli cheese and Italian sausage soups, meatloaf with mashed potatoes, veggie burgers and Reuben paninis.

“One of the best things about Thelma’s Kitchen is that it’s volunteer-run,” said Michael Preisinger, Managing Director. “So I’d like to challenge our Kansas City-based customers, vendors and peers to volunteer and sponsor a lunch of their own. Together, we can work to build a better community.”

Are you up to the challenge? Learn more about how you can sponsor a lunch and/or volunteer at www.thelmaskitchen.org.

We’re One of KC’s Top 10 Small Businesses

Every year, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Small Business Celebration, a series of events that support and celebrate the Kansas City small business community. The Celebration then results in a highly competitive selection of Top 10 Small Businesses.

In 2019, Agforce Transport Services was one of the Top 10!

Agforce Top 10

“I am so proud that Agforce was honored with the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce 10 Top Small Businesses of 2019 inclusion,” said Marie Burger, Agforce Business Development associate. “This recognition helps to validate our young company as we continue to grow both in the Kansas City area and the country.”

The Chamber’s Top 10 Small Businesses were narrowed down from a pool of more than 2,00 applicants, and included Charlie Hustle Clothing Co., IBC Inc., KC Bier Co., Lever1, Odimo, RFP360, Ripple Glass, TREKK Design Group and VeriShip, in addition to Agforce.

“We were honored to be included with such a successful and dynamic group of companies,” said Michael Preisinger, Managing Director.

“Being included with such fantastic company in the Top 10 was extremely exciting and rewarding for everyone at Agforce,” said Andy Tuley, Vice President, Business Development. “It has inspired us even more in our direction of Agforce and committed us to double down in our involvement in the Kansas City community.”

Since we were founded in 2015, we’ve differentiated ourselves from the rest of the transportation and logistics market by offering a customer experience that’s above and beyond what they have come to expect. And since 2015, we’ve known that our people are the reason we’re able to do that.

“It is a true blessing to work with a team that does an outstanding job. To have our team recognized for being exceptional is encouraging and appreciated,” said Karla O’Malley, Carrier Compliance Manager. “This recognition lets the rest of Kansas City know we are here, ready to serve with logistic challenges, help with compliance issues, or become a job seeker’s new home.”

No, we didn’t win the elusive “Mr. K Award” (named after Ewing M. Kauffman and awarded to the top small business), but that doesn’t put a damper on the pride we feel at this nomination.

“When Agforce started less than four years ago, this recognition is not something we would have even considered to be honored with, especially in this short of a time,” said Preisinger. “We believe this is a testament to all of the employees’ hard work and perseverance.”

We send our most heartfelt congratulations to the Mr. K Award winner, TREKK Design Group, and the rest of the Top 10. We know how we excited we are for the growth Agforce has planned, and we can’t wait to see the rest of you grow, too. Together, we’re shaping Kansas City into a diverse, dynamic, forward-focused community.

Cheers to the future!

Want to be part of an enthusiastic, talented team? Check out careers at Agforce Transport Services.