Kansas-based construction company Hutton Construction isn’t letting the downturn in projects stop them from working—they’re trading their hammers and nails for masks and gloves, and they’ve gone down to the local food bank to make a difference. Employees and their families are packaging meals for the Outreach Program, a 17-year-old food service foundation based out of Union, Iowa.
“I have never seen anything like this. I have been packaging meals for 10 years, and have done millions of meals with volunteers,” said Rick McNary, an Outreach Program coordinator. “Hutton has done something truly remarkable.”
In addition to the paid staff, employee family members asked if they could volunteer to help. The result is between 3,000 and 3,500 meals packaged each day — and each meal can feed six people. All of that is being done under COVID-19 social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders issued by the governor.
“We are doing this because of the needs of food banks. Food Banks are being heavily utilized by people who have lost their jobs and in need the food, for whatever reason,” said Luke Amend, team leader of Hutton McPherson.
Over the three weeks that Hutton will be working on the project, the company plans to commit more than 900-man hours of time and package 250,000 meals. Hutton is exercising corporate social responsibility in a practical and much-needed way, helping provide meals for seniors and other vulnerable populations.
“Hutton is packaging five of our seven varieties of meals,” Hammer said. “All of our meals are formulated in collaboration with Iowa State University’s Food Science Department to be nutritious and taste good. We will assemble a variety of the finished meals into small boxes we call our Senior Assurance Pantry Packs”