Giving back to our community via volunteerism is a core value of the BRT culture. Many times a team member will suggest an initiative that is close to his/her heart and sometimes, the idea originates from our Engagement Committee.
Volunteering during business hours is highly encouraged here at BRT – so much so that it’s a PAID event for the employees.
In 2016 the Engagement committee surveyed all BRT employees on where they felt we should give our time and talent to our community in 2017. Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana ranked high on the list.
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana distributes food to hungry Hoosiers through a network of over 250 partner agencies in 21 counties, including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. They also provide direct services to those struggling with hunger, through programs such as BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids, School-Based Pantry, C.A.R.E. Mobile Pantry, and Community Cupboard.
Every day Gleaners depends on hundreds of volunteers to help them achieve their mission and because of volunteers, they are able to collect and distribute more than 2 million pounds of food each month! See our Video Here!
Blue Ribbon Transport has committed to volunteering with Gleaners once a quarter to assist them in any way they feel we can be used. Our first opportunity was February of this year and this week, BRT was fortunate to help in TWO SHIFTS!
Both our morning volunteer crew and our afternoon crew helped inspect donated food for damage and expiration dates. We learned a lot about the shelf life of dry goods, canned goods and food items with dairy in them. Interestingly can goods are good for TWO years after the expiration date; dry goods are good for ONE year after the expiration date, and food with dairy in them (like salad dressing) are good for three months after the expiration date.
In under two hours our morning volunteer crew helped sort 8452 pounds of food! The average person eats 1lb of food per meal so our efforts helped feed 7444 people that day! Gleaners told us that normally a group of our size would sort about 6000 pounds of food so we are, as we knew, overachievers! 😉 Our Afternoon volunteer crew during their two hour shift sorted 8813 pounds of food, feeding 7325 people that day.
Way to go!!
Gleaners was extremely appreciative of our dedication to help and our employees had a great time!
We’re looking forward to volunteering as a company again next quarter on Tuesday, August 1st!