Associates collect 846 pounds of goods for the Greater Boston Food Bank
Beginning on January 19, 2010, Grand Circle and OAT associates were greeted by a
heartwarming site upon arrival for work each morning: a collection of non-perishable food that grew larger and larger every day, until it threatened to completely engulf the reception desk. Every can, box, and bag served as a constant reminder of their collective generosity—and of the fact that even a simple gesture can make a huge difference for someone in need.
The associates had collected the food on behalf of the Greater Boston Food Bank, New England's largest hunger relief organization and one of the largest food banks in the country. Founded in 1981, the Food Bank feeds 83,000 people across nine Massachusetts counties every week by distributing to soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, youth programs, and more.
Tom Whearty, Grand Circle's Director of Business Solutions, has been with the company since 2000 and serves as our volunteer leader for the Greater Boston Food Bank. "Coming in every morning and seeing the growing stockpile of goods was such a great start to my day," says Tom. "A box of cereal or a can of fruit or beans may not seem like much to some, but it will mean plenty to those in need."
On February 3, 2010—the first of this year's four annual volunteer nights at the Greater Boston Food Bank—30 Grand Circle associates, including Foundation chairs Alan and Harriet Lewis, helped deliver 846 pounds of collected goods to the Food Bank's newly opened Boston facility. The Grand Circle volunteers joined about 40 others to separate, divide, and package the donated goods for shipment. All told, they processed 16,708 pounds of food, which will provide 10,281 meals to those in need.
For Tom and his fellow volunteers, the event provided a great opportunity to get to know
fellow coworkers while helping an important cause at the same time. "It's so great to see our associates volunteer their time—even if it's just for a few hours—to people who have nothing or next to nothing," says Tom. "It's wonderful to think that so many people are helping and reaching out to people they don't know."
To learn more about the Greater Boston Food Bank, visit the organization's website.