Watson Team Members Pack 30 Complete Thanksgiving Meal Boxes for the Connecticut Food Bank
West Haven, CT – Watson Inc. is proud to announce that team members completed a Thanksgiving packing event at the company’s West Haven facilities. In total 30 complete meal kits were sorted and packaged. Each meal kit contained all of the items needed for a traditional Thanksgiving meal including stuffing, potatoes, vegetables, baking mixes, dessert kits, spices, nuts, oil, cranberries, and even the roasting pan. Each box also contains an envelope with recipes based on the box contents, a shopping list for perishable items such as the turkey, and a $30 Stop & Shop gift card.
“The Thanksgiving donation to the Connecticut Food Bank was and is a great project to organize and accomplish,” said Stephany Vargas, Maintenance Assistant at Watson and team leader for this year’s packing event. “We had various volunteers sign up: Jose DePina, Liz Scott, Noemi Seda, Pu Sie Lo, Tom Intelisano, Mike Preston, Josue Garcia, Anthony Brown, Kimberly Imbimbo, Mary Pataky, Tom Stevens, and myself, all of whom were very responsive to the organizing of the event. When the day came to start packing these Thanksgiving packages, those who were assigned to 1st shift worked diligently, so much so that we finished packaging within 3 hours. Everyone worked as a team to get all the contents to the packaging area, assemble them, and bring the finished packages upstairs (to the office area).”
Vargas commented, “The most rewarding thing about the event is working with everyone and accomplishing the end goal, together.”
“Watson has a strong commitment to giving back and supporting the community,” said Moira Watson, VP of Marketing and Communications. “Employee engagement is also central to our vision. Packing events like the one we just completed allow Watson to support the community while at the same time involve all interested team members in the activity. This makes the Thanksgiving boxes truly a gift from all of us at Watson to the community. Packing events and community activities allow team members to self-organize into cross functional teams, plan and lead projects, and develop problem solving and project management skills.”
“There were some bumps along the way, but it was nothing that we couldn’t resolve together,” said Vargas. “We were also given extra help from other employees who didn’t initially volunteer, such as Tom DeNatale and Suselei Martin. Since Watson has such engaged employees, these events should be continued because not only are we giving service to the community but we are also learning how important it is to work together to help others and knowing that at the end of the day we can all make a difference, even if it’s in the smallest way.”
The 30 meal kits were delivered by Watson’s truck to the new Connecticut Food Bank facility in Wallingford, Connecticut. From there they will be given to Storehouse Food Pantry at Cornerstone in Milford, Connecticut. The volunteers at Cornerstone will distribute the Thanksgiving boxes to 30 families in the coming weeks.
Watson is one of the highest quality suppliers of products and services geared towards enhancing human health and nutrition around the world. We are a leader in developing quality products and innovative ingredient systems for the food and supplement industries. Expertise in custom nutrient premixes, microencapsulation, agglomeration, micronizing, spray drying, and film technology allow us to develop unique formulations and products using Watson manufactured value-added ingredients. For more information on Watson see www.watson-inc.com.
About the Connecticut Food Bank:
The Connecticut Food Bank is the state’s non-profit leader in the fight against hunger and the largest provider of charitable food donations. Some 700 partners and programs depend on the Connecticut Food Bank as a lifeline to nutritious food for the communities they serve. The Connecticut Food Bank partnered last year with retailers, donors, volunteers and growers to provide enough food to prepare more than 18 million meals to more than 300,000 people across 127 cities and towns in six Connecticut counties. Visit us on the web at www.ctfoodbank.org, like us Facebook and follow @CTFoodBank on Twitter.
Moira Watson, V.P. Marketing & Communications
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Watson Foods Co., Inc. DBA Watson Inc.
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