The contribution was made possible in part by the Schuman Cheese 70th Anniversary Charity Event, a golf tournament that raised money through various donations and auction items. In addition, the company recently launched an employee-giving program that allows employees to contribute to St. Jude through automatic payroll deductions, with their donations extended by a corporate match.
“Living our core values each and every day is an important responsibility for us as a company and for each of us individually,” said Ian Schuman, fourth-generation family member and specialty cheese business manager for Schuman Cheese. “All of our values are important, but ensuring the well-being of the people involved in our work and the well-being of our communities is truly essential.”
At recent staff meetings, employees of the nation’s leading Italian cheese company expressed an interest in becoming more involved in community outreach programs. That led several members of the leadership team to develop a more formal social giving program.
“We brainstormed issues that are important and we could rally around,” Schuman said. “Children’s health is something that affects everyone. It’s global and tangible. We all immediately agreed it was the right cause.”
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. They allow the family of a sick child to focus solely on their child’s well-being, which was an important detail for the Schumans..
“We like knowing that our contributions are going to an organization that is doing some of the best work and advancing in the areas of child health, with a system that keeps the focus on family and not on the financial burden a childhood illness can create,” Schuman said. “The hospital’s national presence was also a great fit with our national footprint, so employees across the country can feel connected to the cause.”
In addition to various causes in its local communities, Schuman Cheese and its employees also proudly support community food banks through food and monetary donations, as well as employee volunteer events; the Susan G. Komen North Jersey chapter and the Junior Achievement student mentoring program.
Schuman Cheese is a fourth-generation Italian cheese company based in the northeastern United States. Founded in 1945 as an importing business, today the family-owned operation has expanded into cheese manufacturing and processing, with a diverse network of partner cheese companies and customers around the globe. From our team of experts who scour the world for superior cheeses to the state-of-the-art facilities where our award-winning products are made, we operate with one purpose in mind – to enhance everyday eating experiences with the highest quality cheese. Learn more at SchumanCheese.com, YellowDoorCreamery.com and Cello.com.