Monday, August 15, 2016

Volunteer Opportunities at Gleaners Community Food Bank

As CEO of the Royal Buying Group, Robert (Bob) Juckniess manages the company's holdings in chain stores, gas stations, and truck stops. The company maintains divisions in three countries and encompasses more than 6,000 participating retailers. In his own community, Bob Juckniess supports the Gleaners Community Food Bank.

Based in Detroit, Gleaners Community Food Bank operates as a food distribution hub, providing food to pantries, shelters, and allied services throughout southeastern Michigan. Thanks to dedicated volunteers and community partners, Gleaners collects and distributes more than 34 million pounds of food annually.

Part of Gleaners' success comes from devoted volunteers known as Gleaners Greeters. Greeters volunteer to staff Gleaner partner facilities during their hours of operation, providing a warm and friendly presence at the locations. They also help load up boxes of supplies and keep the facilities tidy.

If interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities with Gleaners Community Food Bank, visit

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Toys for Tots Literacy Program

Outside of his role as CEO of Lisle, Illinois-based Royal Buying Group, Bob Juckniess supports the Toys for Tots charity organization. One of the initiatives Toys for Tots is able to organize with the donations and support from people like Bob Juckniess is the Toys for Tots Literacy Program.

Through the Literacy Program, Toys for Tots works with local agencies that identify organizations and children who can benefit from receiving books and educational materials. The program focuses on literacy in order to aid in breaking the cycle of poverty. Research shows that the ratio of age-appropriate books per child in low-income communities is one for every 300 children. The Toys for Tots Literacy Program is working to provide more reading opportunities to children who are economically disadvantaged.

Those wishing to donate to the program can stop by their participating local UPS Store or Mail Boxes Etc. to offer donations of money or books.