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Beacon has been a long time partner and member of the North Carolina Technology Association. It’s an excellent association that works to promote North Carolina’s booming technology industry. It puts on a ton of great events throughout the year to educate its members and the larger community about the great things going on within our state’s technology sector. In addition to these ‘industry’ happenings, NCTA puts on a really great event called “NCTA Gives Back.”
NCTA Gives Back provides the opportunity for NCTA members to give back to the community via volunteer activities. I had the chance to participate in my first event on July 27th at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Winston-Salem. It was eye-opening and a lot fun.
The Second Harvest Food Bank feeds over 300,000 people across 18 counties in northwest North Carolina. It’s a huge operation that makes a tremendous impact in our local area, whose existence relies heavily on thousands of volunteers and generous donors. So I was really excited about the opportunity to represent Beacon and NCTA as a volunteer.
The Triad team of volunteers was tasked with inspecting eggs. We were each provided our very own apron, rubber gloves and high-powered inspection lamp – and got to work. And work we did. We collectively packaged over 560 DOZEN eggs in the 2+ hours we were there!
As a great source of protein, we learned that eggs are one of the most in demand items at the food bank and the only local grocer that donates their eggs is Wal-mart. They donate nearly a half million eggs a month (I believe that was the timeframe). This sounds like a lot (and it is), but with over 300,000 folks relying on the bank for food – it provides just over one egg per person. So, thank your local Wal-mart and ask your other Grocers to donate their eggs to the Second Harvest Food Bank.