Performance Food Centers Gives Back in 2009

Pottstown, PA (PressExposure) January 14, 2010 -- In keeping with its theme of giving back to the community, Performance Food Centers chose to give thanks for a successful year by supporting people in need. 2009 was a difficult year for many and Performance Food Centers felt compelled to share its success with both a community group focused on helping at risk youth, as well as an individual family confronted by tragedy.

Looking to promote value of health, fitness and personal growth, Performance Food Centers (PFC) had to look no farther than UrbanPromise Ministries. The organization supports youths with a stable, supportive environment that emphasizes academic achievement, Christian values, and community pride to help kids achieve their potential. PFC can easily relate to helping others achieve their potential; the coffee shop business consultant partners with gyms and fitness centers to assist them with improving their businesses.

With a commitment to helping kids, Performance Food Centers was excited to support Urban Promise when opportunity presented itself. Held on October 22nd, the annual banquet was designed to raise funds for programs critical to the success of youth served by UrbanPromise. “The evening was filled with inspiration & promise and we were so grateful PFC supported and joined our efforts to provide Camden youth with the continuity they need to succeed” mentioned Ray Stevens, UrbanPromise’s Major Gifts Officer. During the event, the youth of UrbanPromise gave a creative and dynamic program full of testimonies, dance, live music, original artwork and much more.

Performance Food Centers understands the types of challenges faced by youth today, so the smoothie franchising advisor chose to work with Urban Promise for a number of reasons. The ministry is committed to helping youth from high risk communities with the skills that they can use throughout life including study, life management, moral development, and leadership skills. Furthermore, the organization offers programs that are nonsectarian and open to all, regardless of religion. Finally, UrbanPromise has grown from humble beginnings in a borrowed church building in 1988 to serve several hundred kids every year.

“Growing up in Camden is a formidable challenge” states Ray Stevens. Nearly half of the city’s children live in poverty; 25% of households are headed by single mothers and Camden has the dubious distinction of being one of America’s most dangerous cities. Faced with such challenges, Performance Food Centers knows that youth from Camden need help. That’s why the café design advisor expects to find ways to support UrbanPromise in 2010.

In November Performance Food Centers’ efforts to give back to the community got personal, when a group of employees and spouses traveled to Blandon, PA to help a family in distress. Joining an assembly of like-minded people, PFC’s juice bar franchise experts pitched in to help a family recover from a devastating house fire. After living in a trailer for over a year, the Dean Shuman family was in need of some help to get their life back and a home to live in. Every volunteer pitched in to hang sheetrock, spackle the walls and complete the repairs necessary to make the home habitable for the coming holidays. Not only did this help one family regain a feeling of normalcy during a difficult time, but each volunteer walked away satisfied with their effort to help others.

“I am personally very proud of our people” states Performance Food Centers Founder and CEO Dan Young. “Fitness can come in many forms, such as physical, emotional and spiritual. While our business revolves around juice bars, juice café business, healthy fitness smoothies and the like, there are many other ways to promote ‘fitness’ and giving back to the community is one of them.” As a result, PFC plans to continue to give back to the community in 2010 and beyond.

About UrbanPromise UrbanPromise is an interdenominational faith-based Christian organization based in Camden, New Jersey that provides youth with safety, encouragement, faith development opportunities and personal mentoring to keep students in school. UrbanPromise welcomes support of all types. To find out more, please visit:

3700 Rudderow Street Pennsauken, NJ 08110-5546 (856) 661-1700

About Performance Food Centers

Performance Food Centers is an industry leader in the planning, design, operation and supply of juice bars across North America. Serving over 915 juice bars, fitness centers, schools and coffee shops, Performance Food Centers offers expertise in every facet of juice bar business.

Dan Young
Performance Food Centers
59 Airport Road
Pottstown, PA 19464

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Press Release Submitted On: January 14, 2010 at 12:44 am
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