Driscoll’s held its 2014 Kickoff Meeting for over 100 seasonal employees at the company’s San Juan Road cooler facility in Watsonville on April 3rd. With the strawberry season getting ready to kick into high gear, employees were being updated on safety regulations and other pertinent information before returning to work.
Second Harvest was there with an opportunity for Driscoll’s employees to make a contribution to their community, while also serving as a midday diversion from the presentations. We delivered pallets of oral care items supplied by Dientes, which needed to be packed in bags for distribution, along with food, to low-income kids in Santa Cruz County.
As the activity began, we found out that Lucía de la Torre-Barajas, Philanthropy Specialist at Driscoll’s, wasn’t kidding when she said, “They’re a competitive bunch that are used to working collaboratively.” Divided into teams of ten, they packed over 6,000 oral care kits in short order.
“That was some fast and furious packing!” said Kevin Heuer, Second Harvest’s Director of Institutional Giving. “We loved getting to participate and want to say thanks again for everything Driscoll’s does to support our shared community.”
Since 2001, Driscoll’s has donated 3,440,013 pounds of berries to the food bank. The company was named the first ever Donor of the Year in 2006. In 2013 alone, they donated 762,829 pounds. That’s a lot of healthy fresh fruit to supplement the diets of the working poor in our community.
“Good nutrition is an important part of anybody’s life,” said de la Torre-Barajas. “We are very happy to be able to help Second Harvest get healthy food to people in need in our community.”