Global Citizenship

Austin Gives Back: Volunteering at the Capital Area Food Bank



As part of Edelman’s 603 “Summer of Service” initiative to support hunger and poverty alleviation in honor of our 60th anniversary, the Austin office was excited to give back to the community by spending an afternoon at the Capital Area Food Bank, the largest hunger-relief charity in Central Texas. The Food Bank provides food and grocery products, nutrition education and social services outreach to 300,000 clients each year through a network of 300 partner agencies.

On a hot and sunny Thursday afternoon in August, 13 members of the Edelman Austin office turned on their out-of-office notices and headed down the road to spend the afternoon giving back. When we arrived at Capital Area Food Bank, we were given a brief orientation session and were assigned different duties. We spent the afternoon cleaning, sorting and putting together goods that would then be distributed to various partner agencies, like homeless shelters, throughout Central Texas.

Our team split up to perform our assigned duties, working hand-in-hand with staff and regular volunteers who showed us the ropes. We sorted through all different kinds of food and beverages that had been donated from local grocery stores, and used teamwork to work quickly and efficiently – our three hours flew by!

At the end of our shift, we learned that we had sorted and organized more than 5,600 pounds of goods, which equated to 4,480 meals that would feed hungry Central Texans. We really enjoyed our time volunteering, and have even discussed setting up a monthly shift on weekends for our Austin employees who want to participate to continue giving back to the community.

Alex Bernardin is a Senior Account Executive in Edelman’s Austin office. She recently transferred from the Edelman San Francisco office where she was a member of the consumer team.

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