Heart for the Hungry Stories: Vroome Orthodontics

Vroome 1One of our early participants this year was Vroome Orthodontics. Although they have collected food and funds before, this was their first time to volunteer at the Food Bank. Becky Tanner, treatment coordinator, mentioned what a great team building exercise the effort was and how it opened their eyes to the needs of the hungry in Oklahoma. Mandy Satterfield, scheduling coordinator stated that Food Bank employees truly welcomed the Vroome staff, trained them, and valued their efforts. She felt their team bonded over the experience.

Dr. Kyle Vroome enjoyed taking a tour of the facility and stated that it gave him a greater appreciation of what the Food Bank provides and how extensive the need for food is in the state. He also saw opportunities for other volunteer experiences in the future, such as working on the Mobile Eatery food truck and preparing food in the Culinary Center.

At the end of the day, some of the Vroome employees discussed the experience with their spouses. Now, one spouse wants to take the idea of Food Bank volunteering to his basketball team, and another wants his workplace to volunteer.

Last fiscal year, volunteers saved the Food Bank about a million dollars in labor costs. That’s 4,000,000 more meals provided to people in need.  For information on how your company can volunteer, contact Adam Baker at 918-936-4545 or abaker@okfoodbank.org