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Tis the Season

Nov 27, 2017 | By Kristie Sullivan

This time of year is always cause for reflection – on what we are thankful for and what lies ahead in the upcoming year.  In doing so, we recognize that not everyone is as fortunate as we are, and we think about how we can help our fellow neighbors.  The Charities Committee at Nicus is no exception so they coordinated a volunteer event in Salem, VA at Feeding America – Southwest Virginia (FASW).

This highly respected organization collects food from local donations and redistributes to people in the Southwest area of Virginia who have an inadequate food supply.   According to the FASW website, “more than 60,000 pounds of food is rescued at FASW in Quality Assurance alone” and one of their largest donators is Kroger grocery stores who often donates food that is no longer sellable due to superficial imperfections like dented packaging.  Truckloads of non-perishable food come into the warehouse each week and volunteers sort, check, and box up to send to those in need.  Nicus employees were excited to help with this cause.

After a brief introduction, Nicus employees, with game faces on and an eagerness to help, were quickly put to work inspecting, cleaning, and sorting superficially damaged goods. Along a 30’ long table, an assembly line of out-bound boxes was set-up and filled with dented cans and slightly crumbled boxes.  This sorting task, performed by Nicus staff, allowed for future volunteers to further inspect and distribute to needy families in the local area.

I encourage you to check out the link for this worthy organization and consider donating time or money to your local food bank.  Everyone wins when we help those in need – this time of year or any time of year!  Have a wonderful and safe holiday season!

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