Editor’s note: Local Tech Wire asked Dr. Jack Boyne, director of communications at RTP-based Bayer CropScience, to offer his thoughts about the importance of giving back to the community when LTW received a press release about Thursday’s event at The Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen in Raleigh. It’s motto is: “Serve the Hungry, Feed the Soul.” Boyne has been a member of the board for that organization for several years, and Bayer Crop Science not only donates $7,500 a year but also encourages employees to work in the kitchen.

The Shepherd’s Table feeds more than 300 people a day. It opened in June 1980, serving 27 people. Some 200 volunteers and 125,000 pounds of food are needed each year.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – At Bayer CropScience, one of our most important priorities is providing safe and affordable food for a growing global population. We create innovative technologies and solutions that support farmers around the world.

We also are committed to supporting the Triangle community in many different ways. Whether that means volunteering at a middle school girls’ leadership camp or serving food to the homeless in downtown Raleigh, we are proud to support these and other wonderful organizations that do so much for our community.

As a member of the board of directors for The Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen for more than 10 years, I cannot think of a better endeavor our company can support to help feed those who are in need.

On its first operational day in June 1980, The Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen volunteers served 27 hungry people. Today, the organization regularly serves meals to more than 300 people each day, Monday through Friday. It takes 200 volunteers and about 125,000 pounds of food each year to feed the hungry at the Raleigh soup kitchen.

Quarterly, Bayer employees head to Shepherd’s Table to prepare a hot meal for those in need. Around the holidays and throughout the year, our staff recognizes how important it is to not only support our community’s nonprofit organizations financially, but also to actually spend time assisting those who need a helping hand. Bayer CropScience encourages our employees to give back to the community where they live and work by allowing time off during the day to volunteer with local charities. In addition, we provide an annual donation to The Shepherd’s Table, which this year totals $7,500, made possible through the Bayer USA Foundation.

It’s important for all companies in the Triangle, large or small, to give back to our community, because we have been blessed with so many resources. On behalf of Bayer CropScience, I encourage you to volunteer your time to one of the many fantastic nonprofit organizations in our area.

For more information on how to get involved with The Shepherd’s Table, visit http://www.shepherds-table.org/

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