Bundling up for a good cause

(Left to right): Frank Gonzalez, Ron Baltazar

(Left to right): Frank Gonzalez, Ron Baltazar

Sumner facility went above and beyond the call of service when Foundation members spent three hours in very cold weather packaging frozen carrots.  On January 29th, 14 associates drove to the Emergency Food Network warehouse in Tacoma, Wash., to pack food that will be distributed to all the food banks in the Pierce County area.

“We have volunteered at this particular place many times and all associates beg to go back,” says Foundation Member, Elaine Thompson. “It is a lot of fun, encourages teambuilding, and is a huge benefit for the community. All the volunteers felt gratified with their contribution to their community. The Emergency Food Bank is always happy to see the volunteers from the GSFF because we are always happy, laughing and willing to help in all areas needed.”

Despite frozen bodies, at the end of the day, hearts were warmed as Sumner volunteers saw the efforts of that day. Together, 236 cases (9 bags per case) that weighed 8,000 pounds were packed.

Sumner volunteers who took part out of their busy day to come and lend a hand included John Gelmini, Jerry Smith, Stan Kalista, Sue Anderson, Ron Baltazar, Elaine Thompson, Stefanie Roudabush, Kim Paulsen, Brandon Wilson, Donna Tietjens, Melissa Walsky, Frank Gonzalez, Pamala Ihlen and Cheri Prichard.