Helping those less fortunate and those in need is one of the best feelings in the world.
At least that was the sentiment for many Lionel employees when challenged to donate non-perishable goods and money to support the Cooperative Christian Ministries (CCM) in Concord, N.C., where Lionel’s headquarters is located.
This summer marked the second time Lionel participated in the Cabarrus Regional Society for Human Resource Management (CRSHRM) Community Service Project in conjunction with the North Carolina Society for Human Resource Management (NCSHRM). All donations received through the Feed NC 2016 community service project went directly to the CCM.
The CCM is the local food bank with the mission of providing immediate assistance to members of the community who are experiencing crisis in the areas of food, shelter, or finances while engaging them in a series of action that will empower them to move beyond crisis.
Last year, Lionel employees and its supporters donated 20,613 pounds to CCM and Operation Homeless — an organization that provides crisis assistance to the homeless and economically disadvantaged families with children in our local community. The total included 1,363 pounds of non-perishable goods and $2,750 of monetary donations.
Every dollar donated equals seven pounds of food. This formula is based on how much it costs CCM to purchase food from Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.
At the beginning of this summer, Lionel employees were challenged to match or exceed last year’s total. After weighing all the non-perishable items and tallying all the money, the total number blew last year’s figure out of the water.
The total donated was an astonishing 43,205 lbs, more than doubling last year’s figure.
“The Lionel team just completed our 2nd Annual Food Drive and once again our employees and supporters have gone above and beyond to help those in our community!” stated Jennifer Stephens, Vice President of Human Resources at Lionel. “In just two short weeks, the Lionel team collected 3,462 pounds of non-perishable goods plus $5,677.50 in monetary donations with all of it going to Cooperative Christian Ministry in Concord.”
In order to get Lionel’s ultra-competitive employees excited, the food drive was turned into a friendly competition where the staff was split into six different teams.
For the second year in a row, the winning team was Lionel Racing Marketing & Production/Retail Store with a total amount of 19,360.50 lbs (3,078 lbs and $2,326.00).
The food drive is held at the beginning of the summer when schools let out because the needs of the food bank are in greater demand since those students who qualify for free breakfasts and lunches are unable to get food elsewhere during the summer months.
Last year alone, CCM distributed 702,000 lbs of food to 13,319 households containing 43,730 individuals through their nine food pantries. In addition, 169,000 lbs were distributed to programs outside of CCM and 52,000 lbs of food was distributed to 1,433 households containing 4,286 individuals through their six mobile food pantries. CCM has averaged receiving over 1,000,000 lbs of food each year.*
*All figures and numbers from the Cooperative Christian Ministry (CCM).