Performance Food Group Company (NYSE: PFGC) partnered with Tech For Troops Project to support veterans, save money, and provide an environmentally friendly way to repurpose PFG’s used computers.
Since the fall of 2014, when PFG replaces computers, the used PCs are shipped back to Richmond and donated to Tech For Troops Project, who wipes all data, refurbishes the PCs, and donates them to veterans.
The partnership was reported in an October 29th press release reported:
Tech For Troops was established in 2013 primarily to give local veterans the tools and skills that will enable them to land a better job and improve their standard of living. Another goal is to prevent used computer equipment from ending up in landfills. Equipment that cannot be refurbished is either recycled responsibly or used for parts. Since its inception, Tech For Troops has donated more than 700 refurbished computers used by more than 3,000 veterans in Central Virginia.
“We provide computers to veterans so they can find and apply for jobs online, develop job skills and even start their own businesses,” said Laurie Phillips, Co-Founder of Tech For Troops Project.
“We keep fully depreciated but still usable computers out of landfills, and the feedback we’ve received indicates that we’re making a difference,” she added. “So many veterans tell us that they’ve found jobs because of the computer we gave them. We’ve been told that we are changing veterans’ lives. Donations from PFG and other companies make that possible.”
PFG’s support of Tech For Troops is aligned with the company’s initiative to hire military veterans and spouses. In fact, much of the equipment has gone to veterans’ support organizations including the Association for Wounded Veterans, Veterans Strong Outreach and Veterans’ Employment Program. In addition, PFG’s donation helps the company avoid disposal costs for used computer equipment.
“Our partnership with Tech For Troops Project has been terrific and a win-win for all involved,” said Terry West, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for PFG. “Veterans in our area benefit by receiving usable computer equipment to assist in their job searches and other aspects of their lives, and we benefit by avoiding disposal costs and preventing equipment from ending up in landfills.”