The employees at Nypro Clinton recognized the serious concern of food inadequacies in our country and decided to take action in their community! There are 42 million Americans living in a food-insecure household, according to Feeding America®, and about 31% of those families include children. As an extension of Nypro’s “50 Years and 50 Acts of Kindness” campaign, a rotating group of dedicated employees volunteer each month at the Wachusett Health Education Action Team (WHEAT) Community Connections. “It’s a great team building activity centered around such wonderful work. We’ve been lucky to have so many employees volunteer there for over a year,” Tena Zapantis, Supply Chain Planner, said.
WHEAT Community Connections is a service offered by United Way for those in the Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Lancaster and Sterling communities, who experience economic and personal challenges. They offer multiple services such as supplying groceries, employment assistance, heath education, holiday programs, and hot meals. Nypro Clinton selected the hot meals program as their focus as they saw this as a great opportunity to empower those in their community.
Each month, a handful of volunteer employees prepare and execute a meal. Prior to the service night, one employee purchases the items needed to serve between 50-60 guests. On the day of the event, one volunteer uses his or her lunch hour to begin cooking the food, while the other five volunteers follow later in the afternoon and stay until the meal and dessert is finished and everything is cleaned up. Their cooking skills are greatly appreciated by those in the community with many of the WHEAT Community Café guests looking forward to the group’s meal: “I just love those ice cream sundaes they have every time,” one of the community members exclaimed.
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