On June 12th, FULL team members within driving distance of Portland, Oregon (including visiting Client Account Manager Srikanth Devaraj from Chennai, India), met up at the Oregon Food Bank to bag locally-sourced produce for the 270,000 Oregonians who visit a food pantry every month.
In as little as two hours, the team of twenty-seven bagged 5,089 pounds of potatoes and 2,629 pounds of onions—the equivalent of 6,432 meals. Broken down individually, each volunteer was responsible for feeding 238 people.
Twenty years ago, the Oregon Food Bank’s main recipients were the chronically underemployed. Today, the majority of people regularly relying on the Oregon Food Bank for their next meal are the working poor—families who have little money left over for food after paying rent and utilities.
“To hear that one in seven people in Oregon are ‘food insecure,’ and that many children are included in that statistic, really hit home for me,” says CEO Natalie Fung. “As a company, we can make an impact in our own communities.”
The meetup was organized by People Operations Associate Megan Landis, who hopes to orchestrate regular monthly events like this for Portland-area employees to team up and make a positive impact. She’s currently working on organizing a trash pickup at the downtown waterfront for July.
The meetup ended at the nearby McMenamins Kennedy School Hotel for lunch. “It’s always great to see and interact with my coworkers,” says Quality Analyst Christina Newby. “I left with a good feeling, knowing I did something to help my community.”
The Oregon Food Bank is always looking for volunteers! If you’re in the area and have two to three hours to spare, check out their volunteer opportunities.