Jessenia Barriera at Gasco making one last final donation for Oldsmar Cares. Photo courtsey Carrie Wilms

Eric's boys (age 3 and 5) unload food from the drive at the Oldsmar Cares Pantry.



Oldsmar, FL, November 3, 2014 – For the 6th year in a row Eric Allen, the employees of Burri & Company and his family have rolled up their sleeves to help fight hunger in their community. “I started this campaign when my kids were young hoping it would instill a sense of community and awareness,” said Eric Allen, President, Burri & Company. “Working on this food drive as a family is something we look forward to each year.”


The event started in 2008 with 12 businesses participating.  Eric’s wife and kids were the main contributors to the work effort, covering boxes with wrapping paper and collecting the food in his pick-up truck. Last year MicroLumen donated over 500lbs of food. Robin Reynolds, VP Finance at MicroLumen said this year they anticipate even more. This year the goal is 100 businesses donating food and with still a few weeks left we’re almost 30% of the way there. With that much food to collect Eric looked to his friends, Ben Gordon, Marketing Coordinator, at Two Men And A Truck and Mark Spicola, owner of Bay Area DKI to help collect and move all the food. In addition to food donations companies have also chosen to make cash donations. Early in the recruiting process Eric contacted Keenan Knopke of Curlew Hills Memory Gardens to participate in the food drive. “We wanted to help and knew a $2000 donation could make a big impact to an organization like Oldsmar Cares,” said Knopka. “We were happy to help.”


“We are so grateful to Eric Alan and Burri & Company for all their hard work and determination. The holidays are a busy time at the Oldsmar Cares pantry and as an all-volunteer organization the coordination of a food drive of this size is very beneficial in both food and helping hands.” said Brenda Gaulin, chairperson, Oldsmar Cares.


The enthusiasm of everyone working on this campaign is contagious. One of Burri & Company employees volunteered to put on the “Can Man” costume to help raise awareness for the drive. Can Man’s motto “I can help solve Florida’s hunger problem…All you have to do is pull me out of your pantry!” resonates with local area businesses. All ages, young and old can participate as seen by two of Our local schools, Forest Lakes Elementary and Oldsmar Elementary.


Thirty (30) companies so far have joined Burri & Company to participate in this year’s food drive including Achieva Westchase & Land O’ Lakes, Amici's Catered Cuisine, Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, Aston Gardens at Tampa Bay, BankUnited, N.A., Bay Area DKI, BB & T  Oldsmar, Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More of Oldsmar, Burri Insurance, Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf & Family Sports Complex,Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club, Chick-fil-A at Oldsmar FSR, Daddy's Grill, Forest Lakes Elementary, Gasco, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa Northwest-Oldsmar , Jack Willie’s Bar, Grill and Tiki, Kanter and Associates, PA CPAs, Karl Flammer Ford, MicroLumen, Nielsen, Oldsmar Elementary, Reltco, Inc, Speedpro Imaging, Stahl & Associates Insurance, Inc., Stansfeld Scott Inc., SunTrust Bank , Turtle Beach Foodservice, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/Pinellas, Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, Walgreens.


If you are interested in participating in the food drive visit or make a donation to Oldsmar Cares at  Food can also be dropped off at Oldsmar City Hall, Oldsmar Fire Station, Oldsmar Library or the pantry at 163 State Road 580 West, Oldsmar. 


About Oldsmar Cares: Oldsmar Cares is a 501(c)(3) all volunteer organization with a mission to provide stop gap rent and utility assistance, a food pantry, and a clothes closet – all at no cost – to those in need in the greater Oldsmar area. Oldsmar Cares is located at 163 State Road 580 West, Oldsmar.


About Burri & Company: We have been providing professional services,building, monitoring and managing rich-benefit health plans for more than 26 years. The Burri Group of companies provide employee concierge services, employee benefits, group health insurance, wellness events, plan management, life insurance, disability insurance, key-man insurance, buy-sell, accounting services, and bookkeeping functions.