More than 120 PEC employees volunteered a total of 360 hours at the Central Texas Food Bank to help feed neighbors in need this holiday season. Concern for the community is one of PEC’s cooperative values; company-sponsored volunteering opportunities are one way PEC demonstrates that commitment.
For the fourth year, volunteers helped inspect, sort, and package food donations. In all, PEC employees helped process 38,750 pounds of food — enough to prepare 32,975 meals.
“I think it’s important for members to see us outside of our usual roles and giving back to our community,” PEC Member Relations Employee Development Specialist Julissa Lehoski said. “It was very rewarding to work alongside other PEC employees to help make a difference in our community.”
Sean Linton of the Central Texas Food Bank led the volunteer shift. “Groups like [PEC] are so important to our mission,” he said, explaining that big groups of volunteers are the most efficient way to prepare orders and get them out to their partners who supply them to those in need.
“We try not to put too much pressure on our volunteers; we keep it goal oriented,” he said. “But [PEC] did very good!”
The Central Texas Food Bank provided more than 39.2 million pounds of food to families in need during the 2017-18 fiscal year, including 11 counties in the PEC service territory. PEC is proud to help them serve our community and fight hunger this holiday season.