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Free Student Memberships from Gordon Food Service

Friday, August 26, 2016  
Posted by: Eric Fine
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Gordon Food Service Will Sponsor All New Student Members


In a new partnership between the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) and Gordon Food Service® (GFS), a gold corporate sponsor, we are thrilled to announce the food service provider will sponsor any student interested in becoming a member of the Illinois Restaurant Association. The goal of the program is to connect with and provide resources to college students interested in careers in the foodservice and hospitality industries. This partnership with Gordon Food Service works to address the ever-growing labor shortage affecting restaurant and hospitality operators in Chicago, the state of Illinois, and beyond.

With over 30 universities and colleges in Illinois alone that have focused culinary programs, the industry has a large opportunity to empower and invest in the future generation. In Illinois, there are over 500,000 individuals working in the industry and another 150,000 people that service the industry in fields like law, design, and marketing.

Student memberships to IRA aim to provide the future workforce with support and resources that may not be available otherwise. In addition to receiving the IRA’s weekly and monthly communications, students gain valuable opportunities for networking, internships, and scholarships. Gordon Food Service is aligned with the IRA in its commitment to encouraging and supporting the next generation.

“These students are busy. They’re active in school, studying and often times working in the industry in their time off,” explained John Willard, Director of Commercial Sales at Gordon Food Service. “Joining and paying for membership fees to an important organization like the IRA might not be an option for them. We believe providing student memberships will help open the door for the next generation and ensure that we’re fostering this strong group of future industry leaders.”

For more than 115 years, Gordon Food Service has delivered the excellence, expertise, and quality products customers need to design successful food operations and experiences. Now the largest family-operated broadline food distribution company in North America, Gordon Food Service has risen to the top by upholding the same business approach since 1897—being passionately committed to the people they serve. With more than 170 locations in the U.S., Gordon Food Service Store™ offers businesses and consumers a wide array of restaurant-quality products and supplies. The organization partners with food service operations across industries—healthcare to education, independent and chain restaurants, and event planners—to help customers create food experiences that people choose, enjoy, and remember.

Student Memberships are available to students of a post-secondary education program within the state of Illinois. Click here and use the promo code GORDON at checkout for the special complimentary rate to take advantage of this new program. Please contact Eric Fine, IRA Director of Sales & Marketing at (312) 380-4115 or for more information about IRA student memberships.

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