Building Group Volunteers Help "Food for Others" Charity in Northern Virginia
December 23, 2010

This holiday season the Building Group's Washington employees — based in Vienna, Virginia — once again lent helping hands to Food for Others, a local community food bank. Just days before Thanksgiving, Jeff Clements, from the preconstruction department, gathered fellow employees to show their collective holiday spirit. The group worked a half day sorting food donations and packing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) boxes and emergency food.

Food for Others is the largest distributor of free food in Northern Virginia. Social workers, clergy, hospitals, schools, and other social service providers refer those in need to the food bank. In return, those who are referred receive free emergency food distributions for their families. Food for Others provides meals for three to five days, or until other assistance is available. In addition to emergency food referrals, there are 15 various street sites in low-income neighborhoods. Each site feeds 395 families every night.

The Building Group team plans to participate in the Harvest for the Hungry Project in Beltsville, Maryland this coming summer. Through this program, volunteer groups can help harvest donated crops at the 7,000 acre USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center.