Alcoa Mt. Holly donates time, $10,000 to Lowcountry Food Bank

By Matt Tomsic
mtomsic@scbiznews.com
Published Oct. 12, 2011

Alcoa Mt. Holly employees volunteered at the Lowcountry Food Bank Wednesday morning before surprising the food bank with a $10,000 gift.

Alcoa Mt. Holly executive Bob Wilt and plant manager Mike Rousseau present a check for $10,000 to the Lowcountry Food Bank. (Photo/Matt Tomsic) Before the check presentation, food bank board chairman Mark Smith thanked the Alcoa employees for donating their time. He spoke with Alcoa executive Bob Wilt and plant manager Mike Rousseau, telling them about the food bank’s operations and saying that each dollar donated to the food bank provides 10 meals for the community.

Wilt asked Smith to repeat the statistic before revealing an oversized cardboard check and presenting it to Smith.

Alcoa Mt. Holly employees volunteer cleaning and packaging yams for the Lowcountry Food Bank. (Photo/Matt Tomsic)“We’re humbled on behalf of our staff members and, more importantly, all of the hungry families we’re trying to reach,” Smith said.

The check is one of three $10,000 donations given by Alcoa in the United States during October, the company’s month of service.

Erin Pabst, spokeswoman for the company, said Alcoa divides the United States into three business units, and administrators for each unit chose a local charity for the grant. Alcoa Mt. Holly’s business unit contains six smelters and one refinery.

“We were very surprised with the check presentation,” Smith said.

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For more about philanthropic activities across the Lowcountry, see our Helping Out feature, published each Wednesday.

Smith said many local businesses volunteer at the food bank, which accepts volunteers from companies of any size. Twenty Alcoa employees volunteered Wednesday, including Wilt, the president of Alcoa Global Primary Products in the U.S., and Kevin Anton, Alcoa’s vice president and chief sustainability officer. They cleaned and packaged canned yams before loading them onto pallets in the food bank’s warehouse.

Wilt said the company’s month of service provides a good break from work but, more important, allows Alcoa employees to give to their community.

Pabst said Alcoa Mt. Holly will also be delivering meals in Mount Pleasant, participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and performing repair work at the Eagle Harbor Ranch children’s shelter in Summerville.

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