Wednesday was a historic day for Bridgestone Warren Plant and Warren County Schools. The two partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank of Nashville to provide 70 bags of food for families at Bobby Ray Elementary and West Elementary Schools.
The partnership originated at Bridgestone when former plant manager Mitch Burke inquired about the need to help families in the community. Bridgestone Warren committed $10,000 from its local funds and was granted another $10,000 from corporate headquarters for future growth of the program.
This partnership will enable families at both schools to receive a bag of food monthly for the entire school year. Second Harvest Food Bank representatives were on site in Warren County to view the kickoff of this program and termed it a great success.
“We are the first rural community to engage in this effort” said Director of Schools Bobby Cox. “I think the partnership we have developed with our local Bridgestone plant is second to none and we appreciate their efforts and the support they provide us not only educationally but to help families in our community.”
Burke, as former Bridgestone plant manager, was instrumental in getting this program started in Warren County. He is now in the Bridgestone corporate office, but offered his comments on the program.
“The Bridgestone Warren Plant is honored to be in a partnership with both the Warren County School System and Second Harvest Food Bank in this new venture to provide much-needed food to our children,” said Burke. “Bridgestone is committed to support the education of our youth and we understand a child can’t learn if he or she is hungry. We are excited about getting this program started and seeing it grow over the next several years.”