Service Day at Harvesters – The Community Food Network

The MAX Insurance team gathered for our annual Service Day on September 29th.  We closed our offices for the day and enjoyed giving our time at Harvesters – The Community Food Network in MAX’s home office area of Kansas City, MO.  Harvesters is a regional food bank serving a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas.  The MAX team toured the Harvesters facility where we learned more about the programs Harvesters provides throughout the region.  Following the tour, our team gathered in the warehouse where we repackaged 10,985 pounds of potatoes, sweet potatoes and carrots.  Whether we stuffed the bags by hand or with the machine, we enjoyed being together and helping Harvesters provide fresh vegetables to the food insecure.

Repackaging vegetables at Harvesters

We reserved the Hunger Awareness Center, a large meeting space with a kitchen, where we ate our boxed lunches and then took part in our next activity – Give Lunch bags.  The Give Lunch bags provide children nonperishable ready-to-eat meals.  MAX’s Mutual Aid Ministries program purchased food items through Sysco for the team to pack 480 Give Lunch bags.  We made two assembly lines and packed away! The last step was building boxes and packing nine Give Lunch bags per box.  The photos below show the team assembling the bags and everyone in front of all of our boxes.

Assembling Give Lunch Bags

Lastly, we want to give a shout-out to two local organizations we supported in our Service Day:

  • GoEx Apparel in Kansas City where we ordered our t-shirts.  GoEx is a part of the Global Orphan Project that manages CarePortal, a platform that helps vulnerable children and families.  Our team, through MAX’s Mutual Aid Ministries program, fulfills individual CarePortal requests throughout the year.
  • Thelma’s Kitchen in Kanas City where we ordered our boxed lunches. Thelma’s Box Lunch is a social venture of Reconciliation Services where every Box Lunch helps provide social & mental health services and reduce food insecurity for KC neighbors in need.

Thanks to our members and agents for their patience while we closed the office for the day.  As you can see from the photos, we had a great time on our Service Day at Harvesters!