Blattner Employees Collect More Than 16 Tons of Non-Perishable Items and $17,000 for Local Food Shelves

Posted: March 31, 2014
   |    Community
   |    By Blattner Energy

Blattner Energy, a power generation contractor and leading provider of renewable energy construction in North America, today announced that its corporate office employees collected more than 16 tons (33,172 pounds) of food and household items and $17,000 in cash during its annual food drive.


Contributions were collected over a two-week period in March and donated to Central Minnesota food shelves including Avon Food Shelf, Albany Food Shelf, Melrose Area Food Shelf, Holdingford Area Food Shelf and Rocori Food Shelf. In addition, Blattner Energy’s field employees collected an additional 57,000 items donated to food shelves surrounding Blattner’s current project sites in Texas, Michigan, Nebraska, California and Southern Minnesota.


“We work in a great town, for a remarkable company, with incredible people,” said Maureen Schaefer, human resources director, Blattner Energy. “Blattner’s annual food drive is a testament to our employees serving and supporting families right here in our own community.”


Blattner divided employees into four competing teams to encourage creativity and engagement. The teams challenged one another to participate in employee-led events to raise money for the cause, including a car wash, wine tasting, bake sales, and a silent auction and raffle that raised more than $6,000 alone. Blattner encouraged participation by continuing to compensate employees as they volunteered, shopped, loaded and unloaded donations during business hours.


“In addition to employee contributions, we were fortunate to have dozens of local businesses and company vendors donate to the cause,” said Schaefer. “We’d like to thank all of the individuals and businesses who partnered with us to make Blattner Energy’s food drive an overwhelming success.”


Since 2009, Blattner Energy employees have donated more than 71 tons (142,600 pounds) of food and household items and $72,000 in cash contributions to Central Minnesota food shelves. To ensure quality in addition to quantity, Blattner identifies and donates the most-needed items from each partnering food shelf, including lesser-known items such as diapers, laundry detergent, toilet paper and shampoo.


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