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One Tech Team Swaps Workdays for Good Work Days

onetechnologies — February 2, 2017

The competition between One Technologies team members at the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) in May 2016 was just as fierce as in past years. The only thing missing during this volunteer outing was the flying produce. But the passion to help feed the hungry and to best their teammates in the process burned bright.

In 2016, NTFB provided access to some 70 million meals to those in need and One Technologies rallied the troops to swap a day of working in the office for a day of volunteering at the Food Bank.

“One thing is for sure, it was a company outing like no other,” said Heather George, Vice President of Human Resources and Facilities at One Technologies. “The Food Bank set it up as a competition between our One Tech teams to see who could pack the most boxes. They cranked up the music, started the clock and we were off to the races. Not only did we get to go head-to-head in the battle against hunger, but by working side by side at NTFB, we developed a camaraderie we bring back to the office every day.”

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Founded in 1982, NTFB is a top-ranked nonprofit relief organization, providing access to more than 190,000 meals each day for hungry children, seniors and families through a network of more than 1,000 programs and 200 partner agencies in a 13-county service area. OT employees were among an estimated 32,000 volunteers – at the Southwest Dallas warehouse, and at community events – who gave their time to NTFB last year.

“We have a long and fruitful history of service with the North Texas Food Bank,” said Mark Henry, CEO of One Technologies. “We send smaller groups to volunteer every quarter, then once a year we close up shop so the entire company can participate in an all-hands-on-deck volunteer day at the Food Bank. Every year, I’m humbled by the passion and enthusiasm our One Tech family has for pitching in to help make a difference for families in the community.”

Increasing food insecurity is a real and present danger in North Texas. NTFB recently launched an aggressive 10-year plan to combat this ever-growing threat. The goal:  provide access to 92 million nutritious meals annually by 2025 – a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of meals distributed today.

To accomplish this goal, the Food Bank relies on corporate and individual donors, volunteers and advocates to join the fight. One Technologies has been lending a helping hand in the battle against hunger since 2008.

Last May, One Tech teams loaded backpacks for Food 4 Kids, a program that helps bridge the hunger gap on weekends for elementary school children who depend on free and reduced school lunches during the week. Each child is given a backpack to take home every Friday that contains 16 items of food — providing the nutritional equivalent of four meals.

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Team members sorted food items and packed boxes for the Commodities Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) which seeks to improve the health of low-income elderly persons by supplementing their diets with nutritious foods.

OT volunteer efforts in May 2016 helped distribute 42,375 meals to benefit NTFB’s senior and child programs, and our corporate financial donation provided an additional 90,000 meals to help feed the North Texas community. But team members didn’t stop there.

Twenty OTers volunteered over three days at the Food Bank’s distribution center in Southwest Dallas in October. Team members from Customer Care, Product, Marketing, Human Resources, Data Services, Accounting, Legal and Technical Writing formed assembly lines to construct boxes and pack them with dry goods that would be shipped out to feed the hungry. Working at a furious pace, pallet after pallet were stacked with boxes.

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The work of one team that included OT President Matt Wisk, filled six pallets with 360 boxes totaling 10,800 pounds — enough to serve 9,000 meals.

“It was a rewarding day,” said EJ Mitchell, Director of Content and member of that team. “Working side by side with your coworkers and other volunteers in the community sorting donated food and filling boxes certainly left us happy we could lift the spirits of those in need.”