February tends to be the month in which most food banks see a decline in donations. In recognition of February being National Canned Food Month, Emergency Communications Network (ECN), North America’s largest provider of emergency notification systems, decided to encourage team members to donate to an office food drive.
Boxes were set up in the reception area for anyone to drop off canned goods and other appropriate donation items. All collected items were delivered to the Volusia Branch of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida located in Daytona Beach.
This isn’t the first time ECN team members have given back to the community. During the holidays, Amanda Lee and Sarah Martin organized a donation drive to benefit the Halifax Urban Ministries in Daytona Beach.
“It really opens your eyes to things that go on we are not always aware of. It
feels better to know you can help someone who needs it, maybe even a little more than you do,” ECN team member Tracy Cervi said.
ECN considers supporting local food banks as an essential cause because of the role they play during emergency relief. For example, food banks provided food and supplies to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Feeding America delivered more than 234 truckloads of food and grocery products to 11 food banks in the surrounding area following the storm.
In the event of a disaster relief situation, public safety officials can use the CodeRED Mobile Alert app to notify residents of the location of any distribution sites offering food and supplies.