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Blue Jackets staff volunteers to help fight hunger

by Staci Pawlak / Columbus Blue Jackets

It’s the season of giving, and the Blue Jackets staff demonstrated its commitment to giving back to the community this morning as volunteers at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank in Grove City.

President of Hockey Operations John Davidson, President Mike Priest, and GM Scott Howson were among several Blue Jackets staff members who spent the morning sorting boxes of poultry, pork, and beef to be distributed to various soup kitchens, senior residences, churches, and other community organizations across central Ohio.

Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards and assistant coach Dan Hinote were also a part of the Blue Jackets volunteer team, which consisted of employees from various departments across the entire organization.

“Hockey is about working together – whether we’re on the ice or off the ice,” Davidson said. “We can all make Columbus a better place.”

Teamwork triumphed today as the 20 Blue Jackets volunteers set a Mid-Ohio Foodbank record by sorting and packaging over 16,500 pounds of meat in three hours. That’s a small dent compared to the 10 million pounds of food that the Foodbank distributes each year.

Still, the eight tons of food sorted and packaged by the Blue Jackets today will help the Foodbank deliver more than 100,000 meals to people in central Ohio.

“This is our busiest time of the year,” said Collin Baumgartner, director of communications at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. “Donations go up, and we need some extra hands to help sort all of that food.”

The Blue Jackets employees were happy to provide those extra hands – and had fun coming together as a team to make an impact.

“It’s important to us,” Richards said. “It’s important to the organization. It’s nice to get together and do something that will hopefully benefit a lot of people.”

Richards also considers the opportunity to help people a privilege of being in his position.

“This holiday season, there might be some people who need help, and any chance we have to get out and help them is important,” Richards said.

The Blue Jackets staff was among 15,000 volunteers who help at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank each year.

Baumgartner said people can help eliminate hunger this holiday season by signing up to volunteer at the Foodbank facility in Grove City, organize a food drive, or simply donate to one of the various food drives held throughout the year by organizations across central Ohio.

“To get out and try to make your community and your city a better place – it’s an incredible feeling,” Davidson said.


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