For years CNF Technologies has partnered with the San Antonio Food Bank and held annual Food and Fund Drives where team members can donate food by dropping it off in the recognizable red barrels placed around the company’s locations or donating money online. With employees working remotely due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, and the community in exceptional need, CNF was motived to support one of its favorite non-profits in a different way.
CNF’s CEO Roxanne Ramirez met with the San Antonio Food Bank’s Philanthropy Manager Aniza Lopez to offer a monetary donation on behalf of the company which yielded 35,000 meals. In addition to the donation, Roxanne was able to tour the impressive facility and learn how the SA Food Bank supports the community beyond a person’s next meal.
Aniza shared that the organization operates under three pillars: food for today, tomorrow, and a lifetime. She explained that the organization does more than provide a hot meal, but personally invests in each individual utilizing services. For example, an 18-week culinary training program is offered to unemployed individuals using hands-on training to teach about the food service industry. Many program graduates find employment after completion of the course. Another service offered by the organization involves the sustainable garden adjacent to the food bank. This garden houses a hydroponic greenhouse, raised beds, and water reservoirs which are all used to teach about gardening and sustainable living. For children who may not have transportation to get food needed, the BackPack Program distributes nutritious, wholesome food in a caring and discreet manner to school aged children who are at risk of going home hungry over the weekend or holiday.
“I’m completely blown away by the number of services provided by the San Antonio Food Bank. They are so much more than a stop for food for hungry individuals. This organization is truly changing the trajectory of the people and lives they touch,” said Roxanne.
For more information on how to donate to the San Antonio Food Bank, please visit https://safoodbank.org/ways-to-help/.