In this blog we talk a lot about food insecurity in coffee-growing communities and the organizations andprojects that are working on solutions to address this issue. We focus our funding on this issue because we know that food security is a key element in improving the quality of life for farmer’s and their families.
However, food insecurity is not isolated to a country or community – it affects every nation and a diverse population. Food Insecurity affects the communities where our employees work and where we sell our products - from Waterbury, VT, to Sumner, WA, Reading, MA and even the communities we visit.
In May, our annual Sales Meeting, which brings together GMCR employees from USA and Canada,took place in Phoenix, AZ. While there, 60 employees took an afternoon away from the conference rooms to volunteer at St. Mary’s Foodbank, the world’s first Foodbank. St. Mary’s serves two-thirds of the counties in Arizona, distributing more than 72 million pounds of food last year to food shelves and individual clients.
While volunteering employees sorted oranges, onions and other items that were collected during the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger™ Food Drive. Some employees handed out supplies directly to clients, who, when they come to the Foodbank, receive a 3-day supply of food.
We’re grateful to St. Mary’s Foodbank for organizing this event, giving GMCR employees an opportunity to give back to the Arizona community during our visit.
Volunteering at a Foodbank is a rewarding and eye-opening experience. To find a Foodbank in your area visit Feeding America’s Website.