The 5,000 Pound CMT #InternVolunteerDay

What happens when you combine a Saturday afternoon, the largest food bank in Tennessee, and CMT’s summer 2016 interns? Over 5,000 pounds of food collected and sorted to feed the hungry throughout the state.

With seven participants representing CMT, we joined forces with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to help end the fight against hunger in America. Second Harvest is an organization that works with more than 450 partner agencies to ensure that men, women and children throughout the state have access to food and basic personal care needs.

CMT Intern Volunteer Day

From left to right: Chelsea Gant (Social Media intern), Elaheh Ziglari (Business & Legal Affairs intern), Betsy Howard (Human Resources intern), Jennifer Teeter (Creative Services: On-Air Graphics intern), and Erica Greskoviak (Creative Services: Short-Form Programming intern)

We started our afternoon by learning a little more about Second Harvest and the strides they have made to feed the community in the last 38 years. We learned the basic mission of the organization, which is to collect food that would otherwise go to waste – from grocery stores or simply just other families in the neighborhood – and create a place where that food can be stored and distributed to people in need.

From there, we spent some time both in the refrigerated and the non-perishable section (a welcome change from the cold) and sorted, packed, weighed and loaded boxes to be distributed later. These pallets will eventually be sent to any one of Second Harvest’s partners in their 46-county service area.

The end result was more than any of us expected. We helped sort and prepare 5,643 pounds of food for the middle Tennessee region, which is equivalent to about 4,000 meals to those who may not have had one otherwise.

The takeaway? By giving a few hours of our time, we had the opportunity to make a positive difference in our community and the lives of those around us. And on top of that, we had a great time doing it.

CMT Interns

CMT’s summer 2016 interns are hard at work to fight hunger.

A huge thank you to Second Harvest Food Bank for letting us help out and to everyone who made this project a success.

This project is one of countless similar efforts that Viacom employees take part in each year through our Viacommunity initiative. CMT interns tend to be a particularly enthusiastic group, with a strong history of giving back – last fall’s interns coordinated a highly creative social media campaign to raise awareness for Feeding America and CMT’s One Country community service program. Meanwhile, CMT’s Empowering Education program continues to help non-traditional students succeed, this year behind program ambassador Courtney Cole.

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