Thank you Saskatchewan Research Council!
We are celebrating our AMAZING Garden Patch Adopt-A-Plot teams with a weekly spot light. This week we salute the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) for all of their dedication and hard work at the Saskatoon Food Bank Garden Patch. SRC has been sending employees (over 400!) to help out at the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre for the last 2 years.
Q1: Tell us about your team, organization of business.
The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) is one of Canada’s leading providers of applied research, development and demonstration (RD&D) and technology commercialization.
SRC launched its Employee Volunteer Program in 2013, as a way for SRC to directly contribute to and have a positive impact on the communities where we live and work. Volunteering at Saskatchewan food banks was selected based on a survey of SRC employees.
Our team is likely larger than most! We’ve set up a weekly volunteering schedule and anyone within our Saskatoon office can sign up to participate. Last year, we had 21 individuals help out in the Garden Patch!
Q2: Why does your team participate in the Adopt-A-Plot Program?
After our first year volunteering with Saskatchewan food banks, we received a lot of positive feedback from our employees and many in Saskatoon expressed interest in the Adopt-A-Plot program. Overall, the experience has been positive. Volunteers have enjoyed seeing how their hard work is having a benefit in the community, while also getting out in the sunshine, learning new skills and meeting colleagues that they wouldn’t typically work with.
Q3: What is your favourite part of digging in at the Garden Patch?
It’s difficult to choose a favourite thing, as it’s been a positive experience all around. Having volunteered in the warehouse, we saw the tremendous need for fresh, healthy foods first hand. Knowing that our work is helping to fill the more than 65,000 emergency food hampers that go out each year is one of the top reasons that we continue to participate.