CHS Energy employees rapid-pack snacks for Twin Cities homeless

tkd-9733  More than 2,800 bags of tasty snacks are headed to needy Twin Cities individuals thanks to the competitive packing efforts of nearly 140 CHS Energy employees.

Energy team members recently teamed up to compete for a good cause and use CHS Days of Service hours during a Protein Pack Assembly Competition at the CHS Eagan Office Center (EOC). The competition benefited Minneapolis Recreation Development, Inc. (MRD), an organization dedicated to feeding and providing emergency assistance to homeless people in the Twin Cities metro area.

The volunteer event organized by the EOC’s Teambuilding and Activities Committee challenged teams to compete for the fastest protein pack assembly. More than 25 teams of five volunteers packed more than 2,800 bags for MRD. Each bag contained granola bars, animal crackers, fruit snacks and pretzels distributed to people on the streets of Minneapolis that following evening. CHS employees also raised more than $1,800 towards bus tokens for transportation.

“It’s great to give back to our community while at the same time engage in team building exercises,” says Kia Johnson, Customer Service & Billing Specialist, CHS Energy. “We sit at our desks all day long so it’s nice to get up and get involved.”

Allan Law founded MRD in 1967, and since then has volunteered more than 200,000 hours. He spends from dark to dawn each day serving the homeless community, vulnerable individuals, disadvantaged youth, and their families. Last year, “The Sandwich Man”, as he’s known, handed out 900,000 sandwiches to the homeless. See him in action here.

“I’m so lucky I get to deliver the food every night, it’s what I have to do for the rest of my life,” Law says. “The most important part is changing lives.”

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