ShipCarsNow Employees Help Hungry Children

Released April 17, 2014 Press Release

Omaha, Neb. April 17, 2014 – ShipCarsNow employees recently participated in a group volunteer project benefitting Food Bank for the Heartland's BackPack Program. Food Bank's BackPack Program provides food for 8,361 children deemed chronically hungry. Each backpack provides two breakfasts and two lunches or dinners to bridge the gap between school meals, such as weekends or school vacations. With hunger affecting one in five children in Nebraska and western Iowa, the Food Bank's BackPack program fills a need.

With help from Food Bank staff, ShipCarsNow volunteers organized a production line and assembled more than 800 backpacks in one hour. UP's continuous improvement training came in handy, and after a few minutes working through the process, the group quickly identified ways to improve throughput and velocity. "As part of our annual staff meeting, we were looking for a local service project that could also double as a teambuilding activity," said Christa Hamilton, SCN director of business development. "It was a lot of fun, and we've heard from many of the employees that they'd like to do it again." For more information on Food Bank for the Heartland, visit