At Stackla, we like to do what we can to give back to the community with group fundraising events throughout the year. All Stackla employees are encouraged to take a day to get out from behind their desks to go and volunteer our time for whatever good cause we’re passionate about.
This year we decided to volunteer as a team, and Food Bank – Australia’s largest hunger relief organisation – would be our charity of choice. Food Bank is fantastic non-profit organisation that acts as the pantry to the charities and community groups who feed the hungry across Australia. Each year Food Bank delivers 63 million meals to over 2,600 charities and 1,750 schools but to do so they need some help.
We kicked of the day bright and early full of energy at Food Bank’s largest warehouse (think IKEA, but bigger). Luke, our mentor for the day provided us with our brief, a run down of health and safety rules and then access to his wardrobe of neon orange jackets.
Split into teams of two, we were provided with a pallet a trolley and an almighty shopping list. Our goal was to get round the warehouse as quickly as we could collecting every item on the list and to get back to your pallet to stack the most roadworthy uniform package we could. I’m not sure if you have stacked 100kg’s of watermelons before but it was no mean feat. The winning teams raced back to have their orders checked, shipped and to be rewarded with…a much larger order.
Each day Food Bank NSW/ACT ships over 100,000 meals and they rely on volunteers to help put those orders together, so if you can, get involved.
Despite being exhausted (and a little sore the next day) from a full days packing, it was a amazing feeling to see the difference we had made, to get out our comfort zones and to spend the day with colleagues working as a team. The BBQ afterwards was pretty good as well.
Thank you to Luke and the awesome team at Food Bank for having us. We loved it!