Counting on PPD
Two weeks before America’s largest annual food drive event, PPD’s world headquarters in Wilmington, North Carolina, received a call from a volunteer coordinator with a local food bank.
A group of volunteers was no longer available, which would leave the area’s largest collection location during Stamp Out Hunger unmanned. PPD believes in helping to strengthen local communities and the coordinator could count on PPD!
During this annual event, mail carriers pick up something other than mail during their rounds — canned goods for local food banks. About 20 PPD employees, family members and friends rose to the challenge to unload mail trucks and sort donations for the one-day event, which is the largest nationwide food drive. In Wilmington, the donations go to the local branch of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina that serves more than 30 counties.
“PPD presents us with many wonderful opportunities to get involved and give back to our community,” said Amy Poore, executive and incentive compensation director for PPD. “We were excited to help out for such an important event.”
Volunteers spent five hours on a beautiful Saturday in the area’s largest post office unloading mail trucks full of canned goods and other nonperishable items. All items had to be sorted and placed into larger bins to be loaded onto an enormous 18-wheel truck. At the end of the day, the truck was completely full!
“The event raised well over the 165,000 pounds of food raised in 2015 in our region,” said Beth Gaglione, branch director of Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. In addition, the event collected more than any of the other branches in eastern and central North Carolina — including Raleigh, which is a much larger area.
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