Bay Valley Foods in Wayland, recently launched their “Fall Food Harvest Drive” focusing on collecting nonperishable food items for the Wayland Christian Neighbors Food Pantry.
To make the campaign fun, and offer even more incentive to donate, team members Becky Honke and Aubrey Keeler spearheaded a contest between the plants three shifts and the office staff which comprised a fourth team. For three weeks, the four teams competed to see who could collect the most food.
Jeff Frey, Plant Manager, approved the campaign, with the fun twist, and added that the winning shift would win a free lunch.
The generous employees collectively gathered a total of 1,243 pounds for the Wayland Christian Neighbors Food Pantry. The winning shift was the “C Team” who collected 644 food items among the total 1,178 items gathered. The members on that team generously decided to “pay it forward.” Rather than receiving a free lunch for winning, they decided to donate that money to the family of one of their team members who recently endured an unexpected loss.
Chamber Executive Director, Denise Behm stated, “The chamber, and the Wayland community are very thankful for the generosity of the team members at Bay Valley Foods. During our current health crisis and rampant unemployment, the food will be appreciated by many families in our area.”