Zaloni Serves! - Impacting Our Community Through Service

January 11, 2017 Christopher Trude

Being a business means so much more than selling a great product, bottom lines and offices. When Zaloni chose the Triangle they knew that not only were they setting up an office, they were setting up in a community. We not only wanted to work here, but live and thrive here. And that means we want our community do do the same. We want our community to benefit from our presence.

Zaloni has always been committed to being more than just another tech company in the Triangle. We desire to impact our community for the better in many ways, including employing great local talent, hosting family focused events, and volunteering our time. While many of our employees volunteer around the Triangle, Zaloni was excited to help do more. So we kicked off 2017 with our first ever company sponsored volunteer event at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina of Durham.

Volunteering is one of the most effective ways to impact a community. Donations are great, but what happens to everything you drop off? Who is there to help get the goods to those in need? Volunteers! And Zaloni was happy to help.

At the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, volunteers provided 241,183 hours of labor last year at no cost to anyone. The Durham location in particular, serves 6 counties in the surrounding area, providing food to 107,000 'food insecure' people. That's over 9 million pounds of food, 7.5 million meals to over 100 thousand people who lack reliable access to enough affordable and nutritious food due to location, circumstance, or poverty, all within our community.

At our inaugural Volunteer event, 12 employees from the RTP donated our afternoon to serve this great cause. The crew, including CEO Ben Sharma, SVP of Strategy Tony Fisher, and VP of Product, Scott Gidley, all jumped right in and got our hands dirty. Literally. Together, we participated in a procedure called ‘salvaging’, where we sorted through 12 pallets (700lbs of food each!) of donated food to control the quality and organize food into groups such as water, dry food, wet food, drinks, etc. Our assembly line consisted of stations that did quality control, packed boxes, loaded pallets, recouping used boxes, and wrapping finished pallets.

We were lucky enough to be the first group to volunteer at the Durham location in 2017, so 4 of the pallets we completed went directly to the distribution line, where other volunteers and partners ‘shop’ and pack for delivery to locals who need it the most. In the 3 hours we salvaged 9,000 pounds of food, resulting in over 7,500 meals!

Here at Zaloni we are committed to this community, and plan to continue these volunteer events quarterly. Our team is excited to give back and get involved, and we encourage you to do the same and help make an impact in your local community. We can all make a difference, if we just come together and serve!

Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina • http://www.foodbankcenc.org/

1924 Capital Blvd. • Raleigh, NC 27604 • 919-875-0707

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Christopher Trude

Software Engineer Engineering - RTP Raleigh NC Product

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