Helping Hounds Give Back
Each year Greyhound employees give back to the communities they serve through the company’s Helping Hound program. Whether it’s maintaining the natural beauty of a local highway or partaking in the annual Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, Greyhound takes pride in helping the cities we call home.
The Greyhound marketing department recently coordinated a Helping Hound outing to the North Texas Food Bank. The North Texas Food Bank is a Dallas non-profit hunger relief organization that distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of more than 340 food assistance partners in 13 counties.
As our team proudly geared up in our bright blue Helping Hound t-shirts we really had no idea what to expect – other than a warehouse full of canned goods. But no more than 15 minutes into our shift we quickly realized that the gift of our time would be feeding hungry children in neighboring schools the very next day.
The goal during our shift was to create bags of food for the Food 4 Kids program. Elementary school children on the free and reduced-price school meal program often face hunger when meals are not available on the weekends. Food 4 Kids provides backpacks full of non-perishable, kid-friendly food for these children to take home on Friday afternoons. In 2012, The North Texas Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids program has fed 11,000 children at 330 schools in five local counties.
The volunteer experience was amazing. We all took on various responsibilities from building boxes, to filling bags with goodies, to prepping the bags to head to a local school. The music was jamming, our assembly line was rockin’ and we all had smiles on our faces because we knew that our mission was helping children.
At the end of our shift we filled 330 boxes to feed 2,310 children. Realizing that our small amount of time at the food bank would make such a huge impact on so many children was overwhelming. We encourage everyone to give a little back during this holiday season. Remember that your time is the real gift.