One of our core values at Twisted Goods is to be a company based around giving. We give extraordinary gifts. We give exceptional customer service. We give gift-suggestions, laughs, smiles, hugs, and hopefully we give an in-store experience that makes you want to come back for more.
Giving is a huge part of our identity, and that is why we were over the moon on April 26th to have the opportunity for our management team to give back to our community by volunteering at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre.
The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre is an organization committed to ensuring a food secure community where all people have access to safe, affordable, and nutritious food. They hold core values of respect, innovation, collaboration, and compassion. In 2016 alone they provided 78,710 food hampers for those in need, and were able to help 215,895 individuals.
The Food Bank relies on volunteers. In fact, they require 1500 hours of volunteer work each month to accomplish their goals. It was an honour to partner with the Food Bank even for just a short time to see what good work they are doing, and come along side them in their mission.
Our group had the opportunity to serve in three areas: food prep, client services, and the clothing depot. Here are some highlight from some of our staff on their experiences:
"It was so amazing to see the amount of people dedicating their time to help those in need. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of food options that are available to the people and ensuring their health and nourishment were taken into account."
"[Volunteering at the Saskatoon Food Bank] was probably the most eye opening, touching moment I've experienced. It was very hard seeing people in need of such basic food, but it was also so amazing to be able to assist the Food Bank in supporting a large community of people who really need some extra help."
"Volunteering with the Saskatoon Food bank was such a great experience not only to help our community and the people who live here but also to take a closer look at what giving looks and feels like. Sometimes we feel like we have nothing to give but we all have the ability to give our time. Whether it was portioning out oats, organizing house hold items or giving a friendly greeting, we all made a difference in someone's life that day. Thank you for the opportunity to reach out into our city and give back."
Thank you Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre for all you are doing in our community, and thank you for allowing us to have a glimpse into the great work you are doing!
If you are interested in ways you can get involved and partner with the Saskatoon Foodbank & Learning Centre please visit their website.