A Day of Giving Back: Adapture Renewables Volunteers with Alameda County Community Food Bank
For Adapture Renewables, a core part of our mission is the belief that our actions can have a big impact — on climate generally and also on our individual communities.
In August, to help support our Bay Area community, we teamed up with the Alameda County Community Food Bank for a day of volunteering with a shared goal of making a meaningful impact on food security and equity; this collaboration showcased the power of coming together for a greater cause.
On the day of the event, a group of 30 Adapture Renewables staff members and other participants rolled up their sleeves and got to work. The volunteers sorted and packaged apples, pears, plums, sweet potatoes, carrots, and other fresh produce. The team collectively prepared nearly 25,000 pounds of fresh produce – the equivalent of about 20,000 meals.
We were gratified to have the chance to volunteer with the Alameda County Community Food Bank, an organization with a mission naturally aligned with the work we do at Adapture Renewables. “As a sustainable energy company, we appreciate the work of the Alameda County Community Food Bank – which has for more than three decades been on a mission to sustain the community by distributing millions of healthy meals,” explains Don Miller, COO of Adapture Renewables.
Bridging Hearts and Hands
The day also left its impact on our team and the food bank staff. Our volunteers expressed their enthusiasm for the opportunity to act on our company’s social and ethical values and to collaborate outside the confines of the office environment. At the end of the day, everyone was thrilled to witness the tangible results of their labor – stacks of fresh fruits and vegetables ready for distribution to families and individuals in the community. The camaraderie among the volunteers and the food bank staff contributed to a positive and uplifting atmosphere. “Corporate volunteer events are very important to us,” says Charles Beyer, the Volunteer Manager at the Alameda County Community Food Bank. ”Yes, the food is key, but even more it’s about connecting with people, especially after the pandemic. When we get a big group of people in the warehouse, it creates a great energy.”
A Shared Commitment to the Community
The Alameda County Community Food Bank is on a mission to end hunger in the Bay Area through food distribution, outreach and advocacy, important work for an important cause. The cost of living in the Bay area makes it especially difficult for working families to afford basic necessities such as housing, utilities and transportation, let alone put a healthy meal on the table. By giving their time and energy, the Adapture Renewables volunteers helped contribute towards the food bank’s work distributing 5 million pounds of food per month. With one in four people in Alameda County benefitting from the services of the community food bank, we were proud to take part in making a direct and positive impact on the local community. As we reflect on this impactful day of volunteering, the shared sentiment of both Adapture Renewables and the food bank is clear: when private businesses and community organizations come together for an aligned mission, we can accomplish so much more. Learn more about how you can support the Alameda County Community Food Bank’s mission on the organization’s website.