Serving up kindness

By Tatiana Del Cid

Photography By Kayla Norris

Thursday, April 23, 2020

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Sandia employees, family members and friends volunteered at the Alameda Food Bank in February. The volunteers packaged foods for distribution to families in need in the Bay Area.
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Nick Medina, left, and Gina Madison bag pears.

More than a dozen Sandia/California employees and their friends and families helped fight food insecurities throughout the Bay Area with the Alameda County Community Food Bank at the second quarter Sandia Serves Saturday event on Feb. 27.

Volunteers jumped into action, donning aprons and hairnets to pack and seal bags of pasta while others got busy sorting and bagging produce.

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Florencia Prada finds joy in making a difference.

Nalini Menon said she was grateful for the opportunity to spend quality time with her family while making a difference in the community.

“Volunteering is a small way for my family to give thanks for everything we have,” she said. “My family loved every moment, and we are inspired to do more volunteer events in the future.”

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Jonathan Hu, center, packs pears with his wife and daughter.

Sandia volunteers helped the Alameda County Community Food Bank pack 624 pounds of pasta and 14,298 pounds of fresh produce that will help to put about 12,000 meals on the tables of Bay Area families in need.

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Amanda Dewyer, right, and her friend pack bags of pasta.

For more than 30 years, the Alameda County Community Food Bank has delivered on their mission to promote hunger-free communities by distributing millions of healthy meals to local food banks and pantries that serve families and individuals in need. Sandia is proud to support their mission and play a part in building stronger communities through family stability.

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Michele Kahn, left, and Frank Bielecki bag fresh pears.

“Having Sandia organize the event, and all we had to do was show up, was great. The food bank is an amazing place, it was much larger and more organized than I expected,” said Jerry Mcneish. “It is kind of unbelievable in our economic bubble to have so many folks in need.”

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Nalini Menon, right, and her family pack and seal bags of pasta to fill donation boxes for families in need.