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Food bank gets helping hand from Greenwood team

July 08, 2016

The Ascend Cares Foundation is all about helping people in our company and in our community. The foundation recently supported a community project in which Greenwood team members dedicated more than 200 volunteer hours building shelving for the area’s local food bank. 

The Food Bank of Greenwood County lacked shelving to store donated food, so our team members, seeing a need, responded with a solution. More than 90 team members used their time away from work to assemble metal shelving and make wooden tables at the food bank site, using materials purchased with foundation funding. They also moved hundreds of food boxes from pallets onto the shelves and organized the food bank’s storage area.

The facility now has 100 new shelves, making it easier for the food bank to store, organize and distribute food. The Greenwood team’s hard work has improved the daily operations of the food bank, which serves more than 22,000 people in the community.

This project was conceived at Christmas when Greenwood team members delivered food to the nonprofit organization. That's when they noticed that the facility could use some help with storage. The team quickly developed a detailed project plan to organize the food and create more efficiency. The plan was then presented to the Ascend Cares board, which agreed to fund the entire project, including shelving, rental equipment, building materials and a digital scale for long-term use by the food bank.

Our team members’ caring and giving spirit made a huge difference. That’s what Ascend and Ascend Cares is all about – making a difference in our company, in the lives of our team members, and in the communities in which we operate.
 
Read more about the project in the Index-Journal.


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