FORESTVILLE, CT (INGERSOLL RAND NEWS SERVICE) -- When the new nonprofit organization, Food Runners of Connecticut, needed volunteers this summer to pick up produce donations from farmers markets each Sunday and deliver them to a local shelter, founder Andy Geremia reached out to his Ingersoll Rand colleagues.
“I knew my co-workers at the Schlage Electronics facility in Forestville would assist,” said Geremia, credential solutions manager at the Forestville facility. “I also contacted the local Trane office in Farmington to widen the pool of potential volunteers.”
The HR managers at the Forestville and Farmington sites, Patty Hribko and Santina Marie Geraci, respectively, immediately supported promoting Food Runners of Connecticut. “It was amazing,” said Geremia. “Within days, employees from both sites quickly started reserving dates for Sunday food runs. We now have nearly every Sunday reserved for the rest of the season.”
The first Trane employee to sign up was Administrative Assistant Sherrie Hoffman, who said, “The minute I heard about Food Runners of Connecticut, I knew it was something I wanted to get involved with. It is such a wonderful idea; minimize waste and get food to those in need.”
Food Runners of Connecticut relays excess food to organizations feeding families in their community. It started this spring supporting three farmers markets in Connecticut, and has since added a restaurant as well as the corporate cafeteria at the Aetna headquarters in Hartford.