Hunger is a global problem. We are all aware of issues facing hunger at a global level, and we seek to understand ways to use technology to increase food production to feed the population explosion. But even in a country where food production is plentiful, hunger can be a challenge, and that change has to be made at the community level. One Hexagon Geospatial employee, Michelle Mostowy, works with a community food drive trying to make a difference.
Michelle lives in Denver, Colorado where 1 in 4 working families don’t have enough food to meet their basic needs. She has been actively involved with a local, community food drive for the past several years. This year marked her second year on the leadership team acting as the volunteer coordinator.
The Feeding of the 5000 Community Food Drive, engages community volunteers with local grocery stores to collect food and raise money for a local food bank. As volunteer coordinator, Michelle facilitates hundreds of volunteers over the three day event. These volunteers collect and sort food from local grocery stores. Once the food is sorted, it is packed in boxes and delivered to the local food bank to distribute to families in need.
This year’s event collected enough food to fill a semi-truck with food, and brought in nearly $16,000 to purchase additional food and supplies. These donations allow the food bank to provide food to thousands of families for about 6 months.
This year was the first year to include the Feeding of the 5K foot race. An addition to the traditional food drive, the event engaged a broader community base and provided a new way to contribute to the food drive. This inaugural event had 150 participants of all ages, running and walking to fight hunger.
Michelle encourages people to be aware of local hunger issues. “It’s more common that you might think. Food banks rely on their communities to keep their shelves full. Every donation makes a difference and allows people to eat and growing children to be nourished.”