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CHARLOTTE: FedEx Ground and Home Delivery Team Lend Sorting Skills to Food Bank

September 24, 2009

Joining in FedEx Cares Week for the first time, more than 40 FedEx Ground and Home Delivery team members in Charlotte, NC  helped sort through donations at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina – many showing up to volunteer right after their night shift at the hub and before going home to sleep.

Since 1981, Second Harvest has been fighting hunger throughout North and South Carolina. Last year they distributed more than 29 million pounds of food and other grocery items through almost 650 partner agencies in 19 counties.
Regular volunteers like FedEx Sort Manager Tarasa Fiore are a mainstay of the organization’s operations. They log in over 52,000 hours annually – the equivalent of 25 full-time positions.

After a thorough training from the Second Harvest, the team was ready to dig in. FedEx Ground Sort Manager Rob Wray found more similarities than differences in the work his team does at the hub. “It’s very similar to what we do at FedEx – when we talk about misloads and getting packages and bags onto the right trailer. We’re sorting foods to the right boxes, making sure we check everything really well – like we check our packages.”

With the relationship between the FedEx team members in Charlotte and Second Harvest firmly established, the team plans to continue its support beyond Cares Week with food drives throughout the year and by volunteering when possible.

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