Updated: Dec 3, 2021
September is Hunger Action Month, and many members of our community stepped up this month and took action by donating one of their most valuable assets: their time. We had plenty of groups and individuals volunteering with us to make sure everyone in our community had the nutritious food they needed. We are so grateful to everyone who took action this month to help end hunger in Clark, Champaign, and Logan Counties.
Volunteer Feature: Larry Beegle of Bundy Baking Solutions
Second Harvest Food Bank is centrally located in downtown Springfield, making it a great pillar of Clark County. However, we know that not everyone has the means to visit our food bank in Springfield to pick up the food they need. That’s why every month, we meet our neighbors where they are with a number of distributions in Clark, Champaign, and Logan Counties.
On September 10, we held a distribution at the Champaign County Fairgrounds, where ten Bundy Baking Solutions employees volunteered an hour of their workday to assist. During their latest volunteering efforts, Bundy employees lined up alongside the pallets of food and distributed it to the cars in line for the drive-thru pantry. Depending on whether they were getting food for one family or two, the volunteers would load the appropriate amount of food into their vehicles and send them on their way.
When described like this on paper, the process seems so simple and the impact seems small. However, these distributions require a lot of time and effort from our volunteers who are standing outside, distributing this food for an hour. And thanks to their efforts, neighbors experiencing food insecurity in Champaign County are able to receive enough food to last them an entire week. There is nothing small about the impact of our volunteers at these distributions.
“It feels good to help the community out and help others out, to load up their cars with food that is well-deserved and that they need,” said Larry Beegle, Facilities Manager at Bundy Baking Solutions. “It probably makes them feel good, but it definitely makes us feel good knowing that we’re helping them out.”
After Larry volunteered at the recent Champaign County Fairgrounds distribution, he walked away from the experience feeling like he made a difference. With so many people in the community that are hungry without the means to pay for their own food or other essentials that they need, it’s important to have community members step up and lend a hand.
The Bundy company provides a lot of support to organizations in the community, including Second Harvest Food Bank. Just last year around Christmastime, Bundy Baking Solutions donated $15,000 to Second Harvest. Whether the company is providing us with their employees’ valuable time or with essential financial support, Second Harvest is grateful for Bundy Baking Solutions’ commitment to end hunger in our communities.
“I’m just proud to be a member of the Bundy family,” Larry shared, “and we look forward to future support of Second Harvest Food Bank.”
Recognizing September Volunteers
Thank you to every individual and group who volunteered with us in our warehouse or at our distributions this month!
A very special thank you to:
Alpha Flight Group
Barb Kauffman Group
Bundy Baking Solutions
Choice Properties Real Estate
Citizens Federal Savings & Loan
Clark State Staff
Covenant Presbyterian Church
Harper Community Church
Mercy Health of Champaign County
New Carlisle IGA Store
Rushsylvania United Methodist
Vonnie Eubanks Group
Stay involved with Second Harvest Food Bank even once Hunger Action Month is over. We have plenty of volunteer opportunities, such as packing and sorting boxes in our warehouse or distributing food at our mobile pantries. Sign up for our open volunteer slots by visiting our VolunteerHub for individual volunteers and groups. Our Volunteer Manager will send you a volunteer application once you make an account. Continue to take action in our collective fight to end hunger!
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