This year, LBA Haynes Strand had the opportunity to volunteer at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina for our annual community service day. Each year, we close our office doors for one day and focus on giving back to a local organization.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM) strives through education, advocacy, and partnerships to eliminate hunger by the solicitation and distribution of food. They have been in existence since 1981 and serve a total of 19 counties.
One of the main counties served is Mecklenburg. 118,337 individuals living in this county are living at or below poverty level and 42,098 of these are children. SHFBM provides produce and sponsors in-school emergency pantries for 175 schools in the area.
Our LBAHS staff looks forward to this day each year. As Kasey Mayfield, an associate, describes, “Despite being at different offices most days, we all just got into an efficient rhythm while inspecting and sorting together. At one point, we had to organize the largest bin of canned goods I’ve ever seen. It started out with only 5 of us sorting it but an assembly line formed and we knocked out the whole bin in around 30 minutes! Knowing there was a whole team of people there to give us help was an awesome feeling.”
Our staff was able to jump right in at the SHFBM warehouse to clean, organize, and sort food donations to be distributed throughout our local community.
Brandi Dunn, a senior associate summarizes the day by saying,”It is always fun to take a break from the office and be able to help the community! I am glad our firm sees the value in this.”
To learn more about Second Harvest Food Bank and how you can help, click here!