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Gleaning On the Golf Course With Asian Foods Employees!

October 27, 2011

Sysco Asian Foods employees ventured out of their offices to Stillwater’s Applewood Hills Golf Course to team up with The Minnesota Project’s Fruits of the City on a brisk, October morning. The nine employees who dedicated their morning to gleaning on the course located within an apple orchard, harvested 1,100 pounds of apples for the Emergency Food Shelf Network of New Hope in less than two hours.
As the largest Asian restaurant supplier in the nation, serving over 1,300 customers in the Midwest, the St. Paul-based Asian Foods company looks to give back to the local community through their We Care volunteer program.
Emily Hietpas, Asian Foods’ Human Resources Assistant found the volunteer opportunity on and knew Fruits of the City’s mission aligned with their company’s interests in addressing hunger relief and connecting with the Asian community.
She also thought it would be a fun opportunity for her staff to spend the morning together for some team building.
“I thought that Fruits of the City was just a unique organization that should be replicated in other cities,” Hietpas said. “When I brought the opportunity up to the staff, I got a very positive response from everyone.”
Scott Weber, Asian Foods’ buyer, was happy take the chance to volunteer and spend the morning out on the golf course.
“I think apple picking is fun, Weber said. “I enjoy volunteering and giving back to those who have less.”
Applewood Hills encourages patrons to pick fruit from the trees on their way through their golf games and manager, John Scanlan, says it’s a great perk for the golfers. Even though the apples are meant for the golfers, there are more apples than patrons can fit in their golf bags and carts. Scanlan thought the partnership was a great idea and welcomed Fruits of the City and Asian Foods to the course to harvest the apples for charity.
If you’d like to learn more about opportunities to spend time outside with friends or co-workers working towards a more food secure Twin Cities, check out Fruits of the City’s webpage and browse the upcoming volunteer opportunities. While you’re surfing the web, find our page on Facebook to see more pictures from the day and ‘Like’ us.

Big thank yous to Applewood Hills for inviting us and to Sysco Asian Foods employees for all your time and hard work!

Please remember to show your support for The Minnesota Project on Give to the Max Day Nov. 16!

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