Fueled by
Interstate Companies

We’re working together
to feed the hungry where
we live and work

Food support can
make a difference
in our communities

The gift of food
offers hope to those
who need our help

Our Foundation is Built on Gratitude

In October 2014, Travis and Deb Penrod were reflecting on how fortunate they had been and moved to create and provide the seed money for a private foundation to fund charitable causes. The Second Step Foundation was born. Travis, the CEO of Interstate Companies, Inc., and Deb, invited their adult children to share in the foundation’s operation and mission. The family agreed to serve on the foundation’s board of directors and took an active role in identifying registered not-for-profit organizations whose missions are consistent with the foundation’s goals.

In 2019, they expanded their efforts to include their family business, Interstate Companies, as a partner in the foundation. Now the family and Interstate Companies, along with many of its employees, actively use this foundation to bring good to non-profit organizations in every city in which the company operates.

In Our Communities,
Hunger Persists

Employees Fuel Our Efforts

Many critical needs surfaced in the foundation’s early years, but board members kept coming back to hunger. How can so many people go hungry in America – and the 28 markets served by Interstate Companies. Our mission is currently focused on alleviating hunger and supporting local food shelves.

We are linked to the ongoing success of Interstate, which contributes a portion of its operating profit to the foundation on behalf of employees working in the communities it serves.

Second Step Foundation

“We make a living by what we
get, but we make a life by
what we give.”

Winston Churchill

Relief In Every City We Operate

Every year, SSF donates to organizations in the 28 communities served by Interstate’s divisions –
I-State Truck Centers, Interstate Power Systems, Interstate Energy Systems, Interstate Bearing Systems, and Interstate Assembly Systems.

With COVID-19 affecting so many people, the timing of our partnership with Interstate was perfect. The combined efforts of the family and Interstate Companies exponentially grew the fund and brought needed food for individuals affected by the pandemic.

Hunger Relief