Verity gained 2,828 pounds and then lost it, all in one month! Or rather, we gave it away to food banks in our community.

Our last quarterly breakfast started off like any other, with lots of food. We’re generally served by 7:30 and have half an hour to eat and socialize before we get down to business. Just as 8:00 approached, Pete Spalding, a member of our Corporate Citizenship Committee, stood up and asked everyone, “Did you get enough to eat this morning?” We all nodded our heads, most of us with satiated grins on our faces.

Pete went on to make a passionate plea for those families in our community who did not have breakfast that morning. He reminded us of the many people currently out of work, or struggling to make ends meet.

He reminded me to be thankful for the abundance surrounding me and to be thoughtful of those less fortunate.

His reminder must have touched a lot of people that morning because in less than one month the staff of Verity collected 2,828 pounds of non-perishable food items for local food banks as part of our second annual Dare To Care food drive. We also donated $460 in cash. An internal chili cook-off and bacon bowl (don’t ask!) helped our internal fundraising efforts and we also received donations from members.

September is Hunger Action Month. Find out how you can help fight hunger at Feeding America. Not only can you make a donation through their site, you can also find ways to get involved in your own community, read stories from Americans affected by hunger, and become an advocate to engage your elected officials and support Child Nutrition legislation.


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