Volunteers Fight Hunger
More than 30 volunteers from the Morrisville, North Carolina, office sorted and packaged food into family-size bags for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina’s Sort-A-Rama. More than 1,000 volunteers representing leading Research Triangle Park-based employers spent the morning sorting and packing the meals at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.
The annual Sort-A-Rama, one of the largest corporate volunteer service gatherings in the area and a favorite volunteer activity among PPD employees, was moved to May to kick-off the Food Bank’s Stop Summer Hunger campaign. Summer is the season when donations to the Food Bank for food and funds are their lowest, as well as a time when families and children in need find themselves without the security of school breakfast and lunch programs.
“The Sort-A-Rama allowed the Morrisville charitable affairs committee the opportunity to see firsthand the motivation of our employees to participate in such an important community event,” said Marlena Erikson, director of global project management in cardiovascular, metabolic and critical care, and co-chair of the charitable affairs committee. “It was great to see so many co-workers turn out for such a worthwhile cause, and we all had fun.”
The food bank is a nonprofit organization that provides food for people at risk of hunger in 34 North Carolina counties.
Learn more about PPD’s community outreach.