As the sponsor for our Kids Meal Network site at Sheraden UMC, Starkist sent over a group of employees to offer hands-on help with the kids.
The volunteers happily showed up to the church to begin setting up stations of activities for the kids to take part in after they finish their meal. A craft station, a game station, a tuna taste testing station, and even a “Meet Charlie the Tuna” station complete with Charlie
himself were set up along the sides of the basement. Once noon hit, kids began
to slowly fill the room, drawn to the excitement of activities that were in store for them. Not only did the kids enjoy the interaction, but the adults couldn’t help but smile either.
“Our company mission is to be a socially responsible company that provides healthy food to more people. One of our focuses is to help hungry children here in the Pittsburgh area,”
“The folks from Starkist had a fantastic time. We enjoyed it just as much as the kids did.”
A group of over 60 kids had come in and out of the church to enjoy this event. They participated gratefully at all the stations and didn’t leave empty-handed. The Starkist team had put together gift bags of Starkist products and also gave kid-friendly items such as chalk, bubbles, and more for the kids to take home.
“This has been one of the best days at the office,” says Michelle Faist, Senior Manager of Public Relations and Corporate Affairs at Starkist, who also came along to volunteer at the site.
This had been the first time a site sponsor decided to get up close and personal with the site, and it was a huge success. Everyone left with smiles on their faces, feeling optimistic of doing another event like this in the future.