Employees from Komatsu Mining’s engineering group in Abingdon, Virginia volunteered their time and talent to pack Thanksgiving food boxes for needy families served by the Second Harvest Food Bank in Kingsport, TN. Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee is the only food bank supporting both southern Virginia and northern Tennessee.
Employees packed 1000 Thanksgiving boxes which contained not only a turkey but everything needed for two or more meals through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend including things like potatoes, peas, cranberries, macaroni, and desserts.
Sandy Parks, Associate Designer, shared that the experience was meaningful to employees for many reasons,
“It was especially emotional for us knowing that our colleague, Pam Seals, Manager-Human Resources, sponsored eight boxes in honor of her sister Vivian, who had recently passed away. I don’t know who will feel better during Thanksgiving, those receiving the boxes, or those who helped pack them. We at Abingdon are “Giving Thanks” for everyone who made this event possible.”
With a charitable focus on Human Services, supporting organizations that work to address food insecurity is a priority for Komatsu Mining Corp, not only in communities like Abingdon, but around the globe.
“Addressing food insecurity in the communities in which we operate is important to us because we know food insecurity is more than about being hungry. Hunger impacts your overall quality of life, from your physical and mental health to your ability to concentrate and achieve on the job or in school” commented Cathy Stagmer, Manager-Social Responsibility.
Supporting an organization like Second Harvest makes an impact and serves those in greatest need. According to Second Harvest, five of the eight Northeast Tennessee counties served by the organization have a higher percentage of persons living below the poverty level than the State of Tennessee. Additionally, the organization serves 82,400 unique clients annually including 22,359 children and 11,072 seniors over the age of 60.