Gonzales staffing company Express Employment Professionals held their annual volunteer day, Brand It Blue Day, on June 10. Joining the cause with other Express Employment offices across the country and in Canada, volunteers gathered at Wal-Mart in Gonzales to collect non-perishable canned goods and donations to assist local food pantries.

For the past couple of weeks, the local business held a food drive at their Nickens Ave. office, along with various businesses who wished to participate in the worthy cause. Brand It Blue Day began five years ago as a way for offices across the country to give back to their communities in which they serve. Some offices volunteer at soup kitchens while others, such as the River Parishes office, hold food drives, said Amy Velez, owner of the Gonzales Express office.

 "We collected a lot, two SUV's completely full of food," she said. "This kinda gets bigger every year, but that's good!"

Velez noted that money donated will be used to purchase more non-perishable food items, which will be given to Harvest Time Food Bank, who will disperse the items to various churches and organizations in the area that assist Ascension Parish families in need.

“The summertime is an especially difficult season for children who depend on the meals they receive at school. The donations we receive will help provide meals for children and their families in our community.” 

Since the creation of Brand It Blue Day, more than 235 offices have donated their time and resources to provide more than 300,000 meals to food banks and organizations.