Money raised will help those in need during COVID-19 pandemic
Employees from Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories stepped up the challenge last week by raising more than $160,000 for two food banks in New Mexico.
The need comes due to the COVID-19 pandemic where food banks across the country are seeing an unprecedented demand from people in need of assistance.
Los Alamos National Laboratory employees donated $53,580 to The Food Depot in support of northern New Mexicans facing hardship. Triad National Security, LLC, the Laboratory’s management and operating contractor, contributed an additional $10,000 for a combined total of $63,580, which will provide more than 250,000 meals to those in need.
“Times are difficult for many people in northern New Mexico because of the COVID-19 emergency, and our employees and the Laboratory are eager to help our communities where we can,” said Thom Mason, director of the Laboratory.
Sandia National Laboratories’ employees were given 15 days, but it only took 90 minutes on April 1 to raise $15,000, the amount the labs pledged to match from its corporate contribution program for a donation to the Roadrunner Food Bank. By the end of business that day, Sandia employees had contributed nearly $19,000 for the food bank.
Inspired by the generosity of the Sandia workforce and the speed with which the initial goal was met, the Sandia Community Involvement team increased the match to $25,000 that afternoon, and the second goal was reached the next day. By the end of the campaign, employees donated more than $75,000. When combined with the match, $100,000 was donated to help families across the state through food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters.
“I’m in awe of the people who work at the labs,” said Katrina Wagner, who works in Sandia’s Community Involvement department and helped plan the campaign. An initial announcement about the campaign hit email boxes around noon on April 1, letting employees know that the food bank has seen more than a 400% increase in web traffic for people seeking food assistance in recent weeks. They were invited to donate through April 15. By 1:38 p.m., the goal was exceeded, and contributions continued to roll in.