We were excited to kick off the 2017 holiday season with a Nintex Gives Back volunteer event supporting Northwest Harvest, Washington’s statewide hunger relief agency. Last week, 21 Nintex employees from our Bellevue office spent their morning portioning and packaging food to help feed our local residents in need.
The mission of Northwest Harvest is to lead the fight to allow hungry people in Washington to have access to nutritious food while respecting their dignity and promoting good health. Their vision is to end hunger across Washington State.
Northwest Harvest is the only nonprofit food bank distributor operating in Washington with a network of 375 food banks, meal programs and high-need schools. The organization provides for than 2 million meals every month through this network. You can learn more about Northwest Harvest and how to support their efforts here.
Our volunteering event involved portioning out, bagging, and packaging 4,656 pounds of oats – which equaled to 3,577 meals for those in need.
Unsurprisingly, Northwest Harvest arranged their volunteers’ efforts in an efficient assembly line workflow.
Our team was divided up into 5 roles based on an assembly line of tasks: Carrying and emptying the bulk packages of oats, scooping portions into bags, bringing the portioned bags to be packaged, taping the bags closed, and packing up the portioned oats into boxes.
When the pallet piled high with bags of oats came out, we were initially a bit intimidated, but the “workflow” made it possible to portion out thousands of pounds of oats quickly, and consistently.
Every step in the process had a purpose. Two cups of oats were scooped into each bag – enough to serve a family of four. If the portions seemed off, the tapers would send the oats back to be re-measured. The bags were also taped near the top so that it could be tied or resealed if needed. And each bag was packed with 18 portions to streamline distribution when they arrived at food banks.
It was great to take a break from our normal office environment and we were thankful to spend time with our co-workers giving back to our local community. We’re proud to support the mission of Northwest Harvest and will definitely be back in the future.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! What are you thankful for?