Be Kind


Corporate Giving

Be Kind LogoBob Evans Farms is a company with a lot of heart. Our spirit of giving began long ago with our Founder, Bob Evans. His generosity and passion for helping others set the foundation for the work we do today. Central to this work is the connection between our restaurants and plants … and our communities – a relationship that is realized in many ways. You see it in our community fundraisers held to benefit local causes, schools and community groups. It comes through in our Harvest Program, which donates unused food to emergency feeding agencies and shelters. It’s also realized each holiday season when our employees and guests raise money to purchase meals for families in need. It’s this real and heartfelt connection between our employees and their communities that makes the difference – it’s why we refer to these programs collectively as BE Kind. You can learn about our team’s efforts in our first annual Community Giving Report.

Bob Evans Farms Giving Pillars

We focus our efforts in a few areas: health and wellness, food and nutrition, and education. And as a family-focused company, we give to many causes that impact families with children.

Signature Partnerships

Bob Evans Farms employees hold campaigns for signature partnerships each year, strengthening the fabric of our home state of Ohio.

2012 Achievements

Employee Assistance

Helping Hands

The helping hands fund is just that: a fund lending assistance to employees when they need it most. Helping Hands is funded by Bob Evans employees through voluntary payroll deduction and occasional fundraisers, while grants are made after review by an employee peer group. By helping employees affected by natural disasters, accidents or illnesses, the Helping Hands fund gives Bob Evans employees the chance to make a difference for one another in times of need. This year, employees raised and disbursed more than $10,000 for their colleagues in need.


Operation Feed

Mid-Ohio Foodbank

Benefiting the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Bob Evans’ annual Operation Feed campaign received the Award of Excellence for Most Meals Raised Per Capita. With an annual food and funds drive, fundraising cookout, raffles and plenty of executive involvement (dunk tank, anyone?), Bob Evans raised 103,244 of meals for hungry families in Central Ohio. More than 50 Columbus-area restaurants also participated in the annual “Food Fight to End Hunger” in 2012, donating 5% of total sales to Operation Feed. Since 2007, Bob Evans has raised more than 500,000 meals for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.


One Goal


This grassroots bicycle tour has one goal: a cancer-free world. Every dollar raised goes directly to cancer research at The Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center—The James. Since the inaugural multi-day ride in 2009, Bob Evans has been an in-kind partner, feeding the thousands of riders and volunteers over the three-day event. In 2013, Bob Evans is proud to host the 50-mile stop at its new corporate campus in New Albany. In support of the effort, employees and riders have also raised more than $115,000 since 2009.


Best for the Cure

Susan G. Komen

For several years, restaurant, plant and office employees have participated in the Columbus Race for the Cure. With cookouts and an annual golf outing, employees and partners raised funds for the cause. Since 2006, the company’s fundraising efforts have raised $590,000 in support to the Columbus Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for The Cure Foundation.


Community Fundraisers

Bob Evans restaurants host “Community Fundraisers” throughout the year for local organizations such as schools, PTOs, libraries and other local community causes. Restaurants donate 15% of sales to the organization for all guest checks that present a flier for the event. In 2012, we contributed $470,000 through community fundraisers.

What's Next At Bob Evans Farms?

In FY14, we are leading two system-wide activations: ending hunger in our communities and curing diabetes. Our campaign for Hunger Free Communities will take place during the holiday season when giving back and bringing families together is especially meaningful at Bob Evans.

Bob Evans has a long history of supporting the fight against diabetes. Those efforts began nearly 20 years ago in a unique partnership with The Rogosin Institute, a nonprofit research and treatment facility. In 2012, Bob Evans also began a new partnership with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, hosting its first nationwide community fundraiser. We’re furthering those efforts in FY14 through our Curing Diabetes campaign and participation in JDRF Walks throughout the country to help shed light on a disease that affects nearly 25 million Americans.

Check back to learn about our progress. We also invite you to visit your local Bob Evans Restaurant to learn how you can help make a difference.