How Red Spark Took A Bite Out Of Hunger At Philabundance
Nearly 22 percent of Philadelphians live in food insecure homes. That means that on any given day, over 335,000 people in Philadelphia alone are left hungry. At Red Spark, helping the less fortunate community is something that’s dear to our hearts. And that’s exactly why we teamed up with Philabundance to bring nutrition back into the kitchens of those who need it most.
Philabundance is on a mission to drive hunger away from three-quarters of a million people throughout nine counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey combined. But such a feat can’t be done alone. So to help in the fight to combat empty stomachs, the Red Spark team headed to the Philabundance Hunger Relief Center to pack and sort hundreds of pounds of donated food.
At the warehouse, we spent hours working on assembly lines taking on vital roles to categorize a variety of food, stow it into boxes, and ready them to be shipped to local hungry households. And not only was it a rewarding feeling to give back to the community, it was a learning experience too.
“Volunteering at Philabundance was a lot of fun, and I learned a lot,” said legal and operations manager Marybeth Heller. “Now I know what happens to food after I donate to a food drive. It felt great to get it one step closer to food insecure households in our city.”
Others, like content writer Angel Lawrynkiewicz and senior software engineer Jeff Segall, pointed out that taking the step alone to help thousands in need isn’t always easy. But when you have like-minded peers with a passion for helping by your side, the experience couldn’t be better.
“I was a little intimidated since it was my first time volunteering with Philabundance, and I didn’t know what to expect,” said Lawrynkiewicz. “But when I got there, I had so much fun working alongside our team to help others.”
“Volunteering at Philabundance is something I had always considered doing but had never taken the initiative to do, so it’s nice that we were able to get together and give back as a group,” said Segall. “I always enjoy when we do volunteering events because they’re a great team builder!”
Our hands may have been dirty by the end of the day, but spending hours engaging in community service left lasting feelings of joy and pride in our hearts knowing that we helped provide meals and made a world of difference for thousands of people.
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