Sharing the Bounty
By Jennifer McFee
Duane Hood sees plenty of veggies make their way through Peak of the Market Ltd.’s distribution centre in Calgary, and he feels good knowing that some of the healthy fare is headed to those who need it most.
“One thing I really like about working here is that we donate to food banks and that’s really satisfying,” says Hood, Calgary’s distribution centre manager.
Peak of the Market Ltd.’s Farm to School fundraising program makes it possible to share the bounty of fresh and healthy vegetables, he explains. Families are choosing to purchase a bundle of vegetable to donate to their local food bank and give to those less fortunate.
“We got a letter from the Calgary Food Bank saying that we had donated over 200,000 pounds of food to them. Since then, we’ve probably added another 50,000 to 60,000 pounds. That’s a good feeling.”
“Through the Farm to School fundraiser, schools sell veggies and keep half the money while the other half goes to Growers,” Hood says.
“Today, I’ve got five skids going up to the Edmonton food bank. Later this week, I’ve got three or four more being picked up for the Calgary food bank. Peak of the Market is a company that tries to help others, and that’s something that really attracted me to it.”
Since he started working for the Grower-owned company, Hood has adapted quickly to become part of the Peak of the Market Ltd. family.
“I’ve been running various warehouses for 25 years, so when this opportunity came up, it was a good time for me,” he says.
“I love it here. It’s been great. There’s a really good group of people here and it’s a great environment. All the people in Winnipeg have been fantastic too. I also like the aspect of working for a farmers co-op.”
There’s never a dull moment at the bustling distribution centre, so Hood’s plate is always full – particularly during harvest time.
“I start my day very, very early. We service the Calgary area and we also service Edmonton and Vancouver,” he says. “Basically, we unload trucks and load trucks. We pick orders and get the items to the stores for customers. Right now, it’s really busy.”
And when he’s not working hard, Hood enjoys playing hard too.
“My hobbies are fishing, bike riding and hiking. I like to spend a lot of time in the mountains,” he says. “I also spend time with my family. My oldest daughter and my grandkids live about three blocks from us, so I spend a lot of time with them. Of course, I always enjoy spending time with my wife Teresa. We have a great life together.”