COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 2017 – UCT’s third annual Bring Your Child to Work Day for Operation Feed was the most successful to date and, in the opinion of Operation Feed Coordinator Jessica Myers, the most fun and educational.
After some donuts, juice and introductions, the 13 children of UCT employees in attendance started their morning by filling 11 large boxes with canned and boxed food items donated by the organization’s home office employees. Because of these donations, UCT was able to provide the Mid-Ohio Foodbank with an amazing 312 pounds of food to help families in the Central Ohio community.
In addition to packing boxes, the kids decorated and cut out bookmarks for the newly instituted library at the food bank in their Kroger Food Pantry area. After the boxes were loaded and the bookmarks were created, the kids and their guardians and a few UCT employees traveled to the food bank to eat lunch, complete a food activity to better understand the struggles of many of the food bank’s clients, and take a tour of the facility. The one feeling shared by all who attended was pure awe at how many people in our community struggle and are food insecure.
“Thousands of people go hungry in our community every day,” Myers explained. “The Mid-Ohio Foodbank has been working with grocers, food companies, Ohio farmers, the USDA, and community partners to obtain food and distribute it since 1980. The foodbank’s mission is to end hunger one meal at a time and co-create a community where everyone thrives. UCT is proud to be a continuing part of that – and we’re glad that we can involve and educate children and teens about the importance of helping such a necessary organization.”