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One Tech Employees Help Turn the Tables on Hunger at Minnie’s Food Pantry

onetechnologies — February 2, 2017

For One Technologies’ Heidi Chen, volunteering at Minnie’s Food Pantry in Plano last February was an experience she’ll never forget. Despite being pregnant with her first child, the Senior Product Manager joined her One Tech co-workers to get out of the office and give back to the community.

What she got in return was so much more.

“I was surprised and humbled by the number of children and struggling families that came through the doors,” Chen recalled. “I can only imagine how difficult it must be for these families. Minnie’s showed every one of them the utmost respect, regardless of their situation.

“I’m just starting my family and the thought of my child having to go hungry is devastating,” Chen said. “Being able to help locally and see the food go directly into the hands of the families was so rewarding.”

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Minnie’s, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, is one of the largest food pantries in Collin County providing healthy meals for any North Texas child and family in need. Founded in 2008 by Dr. Cheryl “Action” Jackson to honor her mother, the late Minnie Hawthorne-Ewing D.D., Minnie’s has provided 5,174,283 healthy meals to families in need since April 1, 2008 when the first family was served.

“Minnie’s Food Pantry literally rolls out the red carpet to serve families throughout our Dallas/Fort Worth communities, so we rolled up our sleeves to help out,” said Matt Wisk, President of One Technologies.

Working in teams, One Tech logged 120 volunteer hours at Minnie’s Food Pantry. They helped with sorting, stocking shelves, assembling food boxes and cold bags filled with fruits, vegetables, meat and non-perishable items that enable families to make complete meals. They greeted families at the door, assisted those who were waiting to pick up food, carried food out to families’ cars and unloaded goods that were brought in by donors.

Minnie’s is 100% people- and community-funded – and every $1 donation provides three meals.

When totally stocked, Minnie’s Food Pantry provides up to fifty pounds of food for each family they serve across North Texas.

“It’s important that every person who Minnie’s serves walks the red carpet and leaves with their dignity and integrity intact,” said Erica Simon, Director Of Operations for Minnie’s Food Pantry. “And the One Technologies’ teams helped make that happen. They served with a servant’s heart and worked hard to accomplish the goals set for the day. One Technologies is always welcome to volunteer at Minnie’s Food Pantry! They are official ‘Hunger Heroes’ and a part of the Minnie’s Food Pantry family!”

Minnie’s Food Pantry provides numerous programs designed to meet the needs of every person who walks through their doors – and even some who can’t. Minnie’s has partnered with Senior Assisted Living Centers to deliver meals to seniors in need. With so many senior citizens on fixed incomes, unable to work or with no family members to depend on, Minnie’s is grateful to answer the call to service.

Hunger is a growing epidemic that continues to affect hundreds of people every single day. Long term underemployment, unemployment and the high cost of food, gas, utilities, medications and rent are forcing more and more people to seek emergency food. The need for food assistance is unprecedented.

“Our One Tech family is determined to continue to help – and we have already booked time this February for our teams to volunteer again at Minnie’s,” Wisk said.

“One Technologies is a crown jewel in our community,” said Simon. “They’re committed to public service, a perfect example of teamwork and a great advocate of Minnie’s. I appreciate their dedication in creating a hunger-free community.”