Blattner, a nationwide leading renewable energy company based in Central Minnesota announced that its employees raised nearly $140,000 for food shelves during its annual food drive.
Approximately 70 percent of the funds were raised at the corporate office and donated to seven food shelves in the Central Minnesota region as part of the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. The remaining contributions were raised at the project sites located throughout the United States and donated to those local food shelves in 13 states.
“The annual food drive is just one way employees give back and make a positive impact on surrounding communities,” said Christine Huston, Communications Director. “Because of the passion our employees have for giving back and the organizational support, the food drive has been a success and benefited countless communities for many years.”
Over the course of the two-week food drive challenge, employees donated, raised funds and participated in activities to give back and make a difference. This year, Blattner’s food drive challenge had teams vying for the honor of the winning team. Each team hosted a variety of fundraising events including a bake sale, silent auction, pizza sale, donut day, taco-in-a-bag lunch and raffles. The teams took the competition to a new level this year by adding a chili cookoff, Wii bowling tournament, bean bag tournament and even a boot hockey competition on the frozen lake at the corporate office. Many partners and vendors also contributed to the success of the food drive this year, too.
Blattner has hosted the annual February food drive since 1998. In that time, 1.4 million food and household items and more than $379,000 have been donated nationwide.