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Huhtamaki Community Involvement Team Supports Salvation Army

The Huhtamaki Community Involvement Team - halfway through the drive.
The Huhtamaki Community Involvement Team – halfway through the drive.

FULTON, NY – Huhtamaki – Fulton launched a food drive the week of June 6, to benefit the Salvation Army of Fulton.

The event was organized by the Huhtamaki Community Involvement Team from conception through delivery of the items.

This cross-functional team is comprised of members of all levels of the organization and was developed with the goal of performing activities to support the community where we work.

Over several weeks, this team of dedicated employees began the preparations and planning for what became a very successful food drive.

Sorting the donations
Sorting the donations

“I know we all do things around the community to help out, but when I thought what we could do if we pooled our resources and talents together I just had to be a member,” Renee Dawalga, Community Involvement Team member, said.

With everything set and ready to go, the employees at Huhtamaki – Fulton were incredibly generous knowing that their efforts will directly impact the local community.

As a group, they donated 1,753 food items, an average of 3.5 items for every employee at Huhtamaki Fulton.

During the event, an additional $775 in monetary donations was collected for the Fulton Salvation Army.

The delivery crew
The delivery crew

In addition to the food items and monetary donations, 10,000 food containers, made by the Huhtamaki Fulton employees for soup, were donated.

The monetary donations will stretch a long way as the Salvation Army is able to purchase meat for .60 cents a pound and canned food for .16 cents each.

It took two pickup trucks packed with boxes and 12 volunteer employees to deliver and unload the boxes.

Jim Boardman, Huhtamaki; Major James Purvis, Salvation Army; and Mark Southwick, Huhtamaki
Jim Boardman, Huhtamaki; Major James Purvis, Salvation Army; and Mark Southwick, Huhtamaki

The Huhtamaki Fulton employees made an extraordinary, collective effort to not only donate their food and time, but also reached into their own pockets for donations.

Great job to all the employees in Fulton that helped in organizing the food drive and that donated to the food drive.

This is just one instance that shows how important the Fulton community is to Huhtamaki and how much Huhtamaki and its employees care about the local community.

Submitted by Tim Ferguson, Huhtamaki Fulton Continuous Improvement Leader

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