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Atlas Container Company, Outstanding Small Business Award

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Atlas Container Company, Outstanding Small Business Award

Outstanding Small Business Award – Presented to a small business (less than 100 employees) that demonstrates outstanding commitment through financial support and encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement.

“Paul and Atlas have been a major factor in our ability to continue to serve Anne Arundel County residents in need during this pandemic, whatever we need, they are there to support us, they truly care about what we do and those we help, and selflessly spend their time, energy, and money to make sure we are able to continue our mission.” 
—Susan Thomas, Executive Director, Anne Arundel County Food Bank 

Paul Centenari and his company, Atlas Containers Corporation, have been avid Anne Arundel County Food Bank (AACFB) supporters for many years, donating thousands of dollars and containers. However, when the pandemic hit, their support went above and beyond, said nominator Susan Thomas, Executive Director of AACFB.  When word of need in the county became evident, Paul secured a refrigerated trailer and purchased 4,800 gallons of milk every two weeks so that AACFB could distribute fresh milk to its pantries and programs to assist residents in need during this crisis. He also reached out to other groups and companies to secure donations of fresh chicken, and other needed items.  

“Paul and Atlas have been a major factor in our ability to continue to serve Anne Arundel County residents in need during this pandemic, whatever we need, they are there to support us; they truly care about what we do and those we help, and selflessly spend their time, energy, and money to make sure we are able to continue our mission,” said Thomas, who said that AACFB faced a 300% increase in number of people seeking assistance at its pantries and programs during the COVID-19 crisis, 53% who have never had to go to a pantry before the pandemic.  

Atlas Container not only makes donations, but the company and its owners also get involved with the organizations they support to make sure that their donations are impactful. Since the Coronavirus health crisis began, the company’s support for local nonprofits and the community has amplified. Under Centenari’s philanthropic leadership, Atlas reached out to all  its networks, vendors, and customers to collaborate resources to help fill the gaps during COVID.  “They’ve been amazing, and we cannot thank them enough for their generosity, dedication, and desire to help those in need in our county,” said Thomas. 

It’s not the first time the Severn-based company, has reached out to help. Through the years, Atlas, run by Paul and his brother, Peter, have  supported AACFB, the Maryland Food Bank, and have donated boxes and containers to groups such as the Boy Scouts and other nonprofits. 

The impact Paul and Atlas Container have made during the COVID-19 crisis cannot be understated, said Thomas. “Paul and his team jumped in without being asked, and made things happen, doing this from the heart, because he cares about Anne Arundel County and the people who live here,” she said.

See this article featured on the CFAAC website here.

For more information about the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, please visit their website at cfaac.org 

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