Electricity Transmission colleagues spent a day sorting food at the central distribution hub for the Coventry Foodbank over the Christmas period.
Food donated by the general public, or collected through supermarkets or employers, is sent to the central distribution hub where it is sorted into type and date order.
The volunteers, from the Process and Enablement team, helped sort the food donations and get them ready for the foodbank orders. Once sorted, the food was ready to be picked, packed and despatched to foodbanks across Coventry, who place orders for their anticipated food needs.
Those in need are given vouchers from agencies such as the job centre or NHS to claim three days of emergency food from their local foodbanks.
Reflecting on the day, System Management Lead Andrew Dudowski, who was team leader on the day, said: “The work was physical and repetitive, but I think it’s fair to say the whole team enjoyed the day; particularly as we could all see the social benefit of what we were doing.
“It was good to see the number of trolleys of food that were emptied, crates that had been filled and pallets of food that had been prepared ready for the food to be picked for each foodbank.”
Want to improve your team-working skills and give something back to the community?
If you want to get involved in a Community Action Day (CAD), you can:
- register your team by completing the registration form – options will then be provided to you by Volunteering Matters, based on your team’s requirements, for you to choose from; or
- organise your own CAD – you’ll need to identify a charity that meets National Grid’s Responsible Business Policy* and make all the necessary arrangements; including completing the health and safety risk assessment and logistics visit. Volunteering data will also need to be captured and fed back to the Citizenship team.
To find out more, please contact Michelle Lester, Group Citizenship Manager.
* You need to be connected to the National Grid network to access this link.