Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Successful "Renewing America Together" community food sort

In the spirit of national collaboration, President-elect Obama called upon all Americans to join forces for “Renewing America Together” — a national day of service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.  At the invitation of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, Feeding America asked local Food Banks to consider hosting “events” to continue to support his campaign pledge to fight hunger in America and end childhood hunger by 2015.

This past Saturday, we hosted a special food sort at the San Jose facility that brought our community together to learn about and support our mission.

We started the morning off with an address from address from Assembly Member Jim Beall Jr., who shared his insights on the impacts of the California budget on low-income residents and made suggestions on how people could take action. 

Mark Bregman, EVP and CTO, Symantec, addressed the crowd, encouraging them to become involved to support food security.  He reminded them that they can be part of change within their community. 

The food sort consisted of close to 100 volunteers bagging apples for distribution on Tuesday. After bagging, participants watched a new video about Second Harvest created by Intel volunteers, and then toured the facility, saw displays of what a typical Family Harvest Program participant family would receive, and saw maps of our service area. 

Our guests had a great time.  They ranged from about 14 years old into their 80’s.  They were excited and energized.  For many, this was the first time they had been to the Food Bank!   

It is so exciting to see our community pull together with a renewed sense of commitment. Thank you to everyone who helped make our Day of Service so rewarding!

Pictured above is Assembly Member Jim Beall Jr. and Mark Bregman, EVP and CTO, Symantec. We were honored to have them speak at the event.