On August 2, a group of IXLers returned to the site of IXL’s very first volunteer event held in May 2014: the SF-Marin Food Bank. The Food Bank’s mission is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin, and the organization distributes 47 million pounds of food each year to 30,000 families in need.
We had two IXLers in our group who had attended the first food bank event, and they were able to share their expertise with us. Sorting oranges was the main task back then, and it was again this time. We broke off into three teams to sort oranges, assemble boxes, and sort canned foods. We separated the good oranges from the rotten ones, and re-labeled the canned goods and put them in boxes.
One of the cool things we saw was the number of kids volunteering at the event. Because our company focuses on helping kids in the classroom, it was wonderful to see children lend us a helping hand and to work with them to give back to the community together. We even met one kid who pointed excitedly to our shirts and told his mom that he used IXL in first grade and loved it!
Our team, along with the help of the many other volunteers, was able to pack roughly 18,500 pounds of food to feed the less fortunate. The event only lasted two hours, but those two hours helped thousands of people get the food they need!
If you would like to learn more about the SF-Marin Food Bank and lend a helping hand, visit their website at http://www.sfmfoodbank.org/.
By Timothy Lee, Billing Specialist