Fifty-Five Westfield Insurance and BB&T Insurance Services Employees Provide More Than 25,000 Meals to Residents of Northwest North Carolina


Westfield Center, Ohio, May 1, 2015 - Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina hosted 55 employees from Westfield Insurance and BB&T Insurance Services on April 16 for a full day of volunteer activities.

"Volunteers are essential to the work of Second Harvest Food Bank. We simply could not do all of the things we do to provide food and hope to those in need across our 18-county service area without our loyal volunteers," said Clyde Fitzgerald, Second Harvestís executive director. "To illustrate this important fact, consider that, for calendar year 2014, our total volunteer hours were equivalent to having an additional 22 full-time employees! We are deeply grateful that Westfield Insurance and BB&T Insurance Services have chosen to partner with us in a community service event. These dedicated efforts will truly make a difference in the lives of many in need across the region."

In addition to providing volunteers, Westfield contributed $5,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank.

"At the end of the day, insurance is about helping others at the time they are most in need," said Ed Largent, Westfield Insurance leader and president. "Partnering with Second Harvest is a great way to do that; support the communities in which we operate."

Through the course of the day, volunteers sorted more than 25,000 pounds of canned and boxed food. They also inspected eggs under special lights to guarantee freshness.

"Part of BB&Tís mission is to make our communities better places to be, and we believe partnering with the Second Harvest Food Bank is an excellent place to start," said Gail Theard, agency executive with BB&T Insurance Services, Inc. "BB&T has a longstanding relationship with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina and couldnít be more pleased to support it in its efforts to eliminate hunger in northwest North Carolina."

Second Harvest Food Bank is a proud member of Feeding America. In 2013-2014, Second Harvest distributed more than 25 million pounds of donated, purchased and prepared foods, the equivalent of more than 21 million meals. Across northwest North Carolina, one in six people struggle with hunger. The situation is even worse among our children, with more than one in four children lacking access to sufficient food to meet their nutritional needs. We are particularly focused on the issue of childhood hunger, through targeted programs that focus on reaching children in need after school, over weekends and school holidays, and in the summer. These programs include the BackPack program, commemorating 10 years of making hunger-free weekends possible for children in need across our region.

Volunteers play a vital, hands-on role in the success of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina's mission. To schedule a volunteer effort like the employees who volunteered on April 16, or to learn more about Second Harvest, please visit

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