Recently, the ButcherBox team met at the Greater Boston Food Bank for a company service day. Donned in our black ButcherBox tees and mandatory closed-toed shoes, we attended a brief orientation and then got to work.
Our job for the morning was to sort and pack food donations on their way to being distributed to hungry families throughout Eastern Massachusetts. We checked packages, scanned for expiration dates, and stacked boxes. All in all, we sorted through 10,891 pounds of food, with a net total of 10,346 pounds of donations. That adds up to 8,622 meals for our community.
According to the Greater Boston Food Bank, the food insecurity rate in the state of Massachusetts was at 9.6% as of 2018, and approximately one out of every eight children goes without access to the food that fuels their growing bodies and minds. This is something we can all take small actions to change—and that’s why ButcherBox set out to help. After all, it is part of our DNA as a company.
Humble. Authentic. Relentless improvement. These are the phrases that bring life to the walls of ButcherBox’s headquarters in Boston Landing, along with quirky team photos, whiteboards covered in numbers and graphs, editorial calendars, and cowboy hats.
At ButcherBox, the aforementioned tenants are more than wall decals. They’re values that truly drive every team member—something I was quickly inspired by during my first few weeks with the company.
While ButcherBox is made up of various departments, from operations and engineering to marketing and member experience, we all have the same mission in mind: Being the trusted source for high-quality meat that’s been raised the way nature intended. And we’re always working to improve, both in the office and outside. That means making things better for farmers, animals, and the environment, but it also means focusing on helping people in our own community.
It’s a small drop in the bucket when it comes to the amount of food that’s needed to stave off hunger completely, but it’s a start.
While the warehouse environment was a little different than our Boston Landing office, and sorting boxes of food strayed a bit from the typical Thursday to-do list, the spirit of the team remained exactly the same. We worked side by side with the value of relentless improvement in mind.
We laughed. We smiled. We bonded as a team while doing good. Outings like this further define a corporate culture that everyone at ButcherBox is proud to be a part of.