Throughout the year, the Capital Sign Solutions team enjoys taking opportunities to give back to our community. On Friday, June 1st, our CSS staff participated in a day of volunteering at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina’s Raleigh branch. Our volunteer tasks included sorting and packing food items to be distributed to the Food Bank CENC’s network of community partners. Together, our staff sorted enough food to make nearly 10,000 meals for our neighbors in need.
Our day started with a brief info session in which our staff got to learn more about food insecurity in central and eastern North Carolina. Did you know that more than 600,000 people in the counties served by the Food Bank CENC struggle to find access to nutritious and adequate amounts of food? We also learned about the Food Bank CENC’s programs and the impact they have on these communities. Currently, the organization serves 34 counties in North Carolina – about one third of our state.
Once we made our way into the warehouse, it was time to get to work! Our team was divided into two groups: one for sorting and packing produce, and the other for processing packaged and non-perishable food items. The produce crew sorted through red, yellow, and green peppers that had been donated to make nutritious (and colorful!) additions to meals. We learned that peppers are a special commodity at the food bank. The produce group packed 1,200 lbs of produce that day, contributing to 1,011 meals.
Our second group of volunteers prepared boxes of assorted food items – everything from bottled water to canned goods – amounting to 8,917 meals. The group processed 10,590 lbs of items, surpassing the average daily amount of 6,000 lbs!
We feel grateful to have had the chance to help out at Food Bank CENC, and even more grateful for the services they provide to help ensure that #NoOneGoesHungry in our communities. To learn about how you can get involved with the Food Bank CENC, visit their website.