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Volunteers pick thousands of pounds of apples to help feed New Mexicans

On a beautiful September Saturday in Corrales, 120 volunteers including Sandia employees and their families and friends collected apples for Seed2Need, a local nonprofit that aims to reduce food insecurity in New Mexico. The organization manages an acre and a half of land, including two orchards, where volunteers grow, and harvest produce that is donated to Roadrunner Food Bank for distribution statewide. Seed2Need volunteers also harvest fruit from other orchards in Corrales and the surrounding area.

Sandia volunteers, along with another community group, picked a total of 12,000 pounds of apples that day.

Sandia’s Corporate Contributions program also supported Seed2Need with a $5,000 grant this year to help them in their mission of serving New Mexicans in need.

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WORKING TOGETHER —Elisa Cummings, a human resources operations generalist, and husband Anthony enjoy picking apples together while giving back to the community. (Photo by Katrina Wagner)
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SANDIA FAMILIES SERVE — Likhaya Dayile and Angela Dayile and their children Nehemiah, Elena and Adele spent a Saturday in September volunteering with Seed2Need. (Photo by Katrina Wagner)
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FALL IS IN THE AIR — Sandia engineer Wyatt Peterson harvested apples that were donated to Roadrunner Food Bank, which distributes enough food to feed nearly 70,000 people each week. (Photo by Katrina Wagner)
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A FRUITFUL HARVEST — Likhaya Dayile, husband of Angela Dayile, a Sandia environment, safety and health security compliance and assurance analyst, collected boxes of apples with Seed2Need. (Photo by Katrina Wagner)

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