Research Triange Park (RTP), NC – December 19,2011 – SunTech Medical employees rally together for their annual food drive providing a donation of 6,685 pounds for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina this holiday season. 

SunTech’s goal was to raise a total of 500 pounds for this year’s donation but employees’ of the company had larger aspirations with a friendly competition that ran amongst seven internal teams consisting of approximately 11 employees per team.

SunTech employees load food on a Food Bank truckThe first-place team raised nearly two tons of food and non-food essentials with the second-place team raising well over one ton.  Nearly every team raised more than the total company goal for 2011. 

Dana Gillon, IT Director and member of SunTech’s internal activities team sums it up, “I think it says a lot about the generosity, competitiveness, and heart of SunTech.  I know a lot of people in need will be very grateful.”  The Food Bank estimates that SunTech Medical’s donation will provide over 5000 meals for families in North Carolina.

If you are interested in donating or learning more about the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, please visit their website at http://www.foodbankcenc.org.

About the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

Established in 1980, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina for over 30 years. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 800 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines) and Wilmington. In fiscal year 2010-11, the Food Bank distributed more than 42.7 million pounds of food and non-food essentials through these agencies.

Sadly, hunger remains a serious problem in central and eastern North Carolina. In these counties, more than 500,000 struggle each day to provide enough food for their families. Nearly 29 percent of the people served by the Food Bank’s network are children, and another 8 percent are elderly. Thirty percent of the families served  are the “working poor” people who work hard and still have to choose between eating and other basic necessities such as medicine and housing.

The Food Bank operates 6 branch warehouses: a primary facility in Raleigh and branch warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern (in the Greenville Service Territory), Wilmington and Southern Pines.