As a way to give back to the community, the ACAMS member service team participated in the “Pack One Million Meals to Help South Florida’s Seniors” event on Saturday, September 20 at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. The event was organized and presented by the AARP Foundation and had over 4,000 volunteers.
AARP Foundation helps seniors who are 50 and over suffering from long-term unemployment and who are struggling financially. The Foundation provides direct assistance and legal advocacy on behalf of older Americans and they work to increase the awareness about the critical issues low-income seniors face today and help find longtime solutions to these problems. Richard Guajardo, ACAMS member service representative, said, “It was a great team building function for an equally great cause.”
The event on Saturday involved workstations with 14 workers stationed at each and the volunteers were responsible for measuring food portions, sealing bags and boxing meals.
“The food packaged was a healthy mixture of grains, freeze-dried vegetables and spices that could be cooked in hot water by the recipients of the packages,” said Joseph Yerant, ACAMS global head of operations.
All in all, the event was a success and all of the nutritious and high-protein meals were distributed to food banks across South Florida after the event. Kenneth Allen, ACAMS member service representative, said, “This event was a great experience and it made it even more worthwhile because we were helping the elderly. It felt amazing to give back to the community.”
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