Atlas Van Lines employees donate nearly 4,000 food items to Tri-State Food Bank

Employees use non-perishable foods to build structures in CanDo contest

November 20, 2007

Media Contacts:
Sara DeWitt, Atlas Van Lines, 800.638.9797, ext. 2951
Kristen Fuhs Wells, Hetrick Communications

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Atlas Van Lines employees creatively constructed non-perishable foods into a horse race track, a wishing well and a food pathway in the annual CanDo contest at the Evansville, Ind.-based company. The result: nearly 4,000 food items donated to Evansville's Tri-State Food Bank.

For more than 15 years, Atlas employees have supported the food bank by using canned and boxed goods to build architectural masterpieces. Atlas' 400 employees were divided into nine departments for the competition. This year's winning department, risk management, created a food-filled pathway to win a pizza party. The theme of "We Can Wish Away Hunger," created by the financial services department, took home second place and will be rewarded with a donut breakfast.

"Helping the community is very important to Atlas," said Glen Dunkerson, president and chief operating officer of Atlas Van Lines. "Our CanDo contest takes an ordinary food drive and turns it into something exciting and unique that everyone can participate in. It's a team-building activity that builds morale – and feeds hungry families."

The CanDo competition began on Oct. 15 when employees began collecting boxed goods and constructing their masterpieces. Their creations were judged Friday, November 16.

Atlas Van Lines is the largest subsidiary of Atlas World Group, an Evansville, Ind.-based company that posted record revenues of $986 million in 2006. Atlas World Group companies employ more than 700 people throughout North America. More than 500 Atlas agents in the United States and Canada specialize in corporate employee relocation and in the transportation of high-value items such as electronics, fine art and new fixtures and furniture. Visit for more information on the company and Atlas agents.