The sweet potatoes were delivered to the ground floor of a parking garage on GSK's campus. We learned what makes a "good sweet potato."
Several hundred volunteers sorted and packaged enough to provide a bag of sweet potatoes to about 5,000 families for Thanksgiving. The potatoes that were discarded were not wasted, though--they were composted.
In addition to the sweet potato sorting and bagging, we held two other events on Friday to help families in our community prepare for the holidays:
Although we had fun sorting and bagging sweet potatoes, it's important to keep mind the reason we did it. The fact is, there are people in our community who struggle to put food on the table, and the number has only grown with the recent economic downturn. This is especially sad for families with children, because poor school performance is linked to lack of such basics as food and shelter.
The day was a reminder of how fortunate I am, and how important it is to give back--and how lucky I am to work for a company that embraces this idea by giving employees opportunities to give back in meaningful way.
KEYWORDS: Community, Engagement, People, GSK, GlaxoSmithKline, Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Food Bank, sweet potatoes, Toys for Tots