Another school year is quickly coming to an end, and the summer months will soon be upon us. For food banks around the country, including the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, this is a peak time for assistance requests, as summer means children-in-need are no longer receiving free or reduced lunches from the National School Lunch Program. Seeing an opportunity to help, Baton Rouge, La. members of TEAM Turner, the Turner Industries employee volunteer group, began its first annual ‘Race to Re-Stock the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank’ competition. For three weeks, 14 Turner offices and jobsites, located in the 11 parishes that the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank serves, vied to donate the most items. At the end of the drive, Turner employees had collected 30,000 items (over eight tons), enough food and drink for 25,000 meals.
The final leg of the ‘Race’ took place Friday, May 17th when one of Turner’s 40-foot box trailer’s, filled with the collected food items, was delivered to the food bank and unloaded. Upon hearing the results of the ‘Race’, Thomas Turner, Turner Industries’ President and Vice Chairman said “It’s truly exciting to see our employees’ generous response to the food drive. At Turner Industries we understand that our company is only as successful as the communities in which we live and work. Our Decatur, Ala. location led the way this year with their ‘Barrels of Love’ food drive, and in the future we look forward to holding similar drives at our other offices and jobsites throughout the country.” A sincere thank you to Kristy Bannister and Elizabeth Beckham who were co-leaders of the project for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, and also to Dave Ellerbe, Lee Sandlin and Jim Mouch who organized the Decatur drive, and to all the Turner employees who participated in the drives.