In the weeks leading up to the collection on Nov. 15, all of the teams put together their contributions for the AnnieMac Thanksgiving Food Drive. The Pumpkin Spice Girls. 50 Shades of Gravy. I Yam What I Yam, and many more.
And when they were done, the food they'd donated for area families through the Food Bank of South Jersey took up 102 boxes and weighed in at 2,110 pounds.
Kristin DeJesus from the South Jersey Food Bank said she was really impressed.
"That is superb for a first-time collection like this," she said. "At this rate, you might need a dedicated truck for your pickup next year. Thank you for all of the hard work and effort you put in to this."
Volunteers from the Culture Committee coordinated the event, which started in late October. The Food Bank is providing turkeys for the families. AnnieMac's teams were tasked with providing the rest of the ingredients for a full Thanksgiving meal — everything from boxes of stuffing to cans of cranberry sauce to foil turkey pans.
Project Training and Development Specialist Joal Tallant, who is a member of the Culture Committee, said that Processing Manager Wendy Welsh came up with the idea for the food drive. She'd already been working with the South Jersey Food Bank, and she approached the other members of the Culture Committee with the idea of getting employees to organize teams and put together boxes.
"The best part was seeing how excited and proud everyone was about how each of our individual efforts added together to accomplish something great," Joal said. "As we were collecting the food, there was an air of excitement in the room."