Our offices around the world marked World Food Day 2011 with a variety of events sponsored by the Volunteer Action Network (VAN). The event aims to help combat hunger and raise awareness of the 1 billion people who live in chronic hunger every day. Food banks, schools and shelters in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Buenos Aires; New York; Philadelphia; Dallas; Sydney; Rochester, N.Y.; Toronto; Washington, D.C.; Montreal; and London benefited from hundreds of pounds of food items donated by employees.
The Andover, UK, office and the Swiss Cottage office in London joined together to collect food and funds for the Andover Food Bank. Chris Elvin, vice president of operations, UKI Core Legal, volunteered to provide a tea service to raise extra money and was joined by Julian Willis, Distribution manager, and Penny Matthews, Customer Operations manager. The two offices were able to collect 800 food items for the organization.
Sixty-two pounds of food was collected by the team of eight employees in the Carlsbad, California office – providing 50 boxes of meals for needy families. The donations collected were given to the North County Food Bank.
In Eagan, for the second year, 474 employees packaged meals for Feed My Starving Children, a Minnesota-based nonprofit that dispatches dehydrated food packages to countries all over the world. Colleagues packaged 19,944 pouches, which will provide 119,664 meals for hungry children.
Employees in Bangalore collected 23,000 INR (roughly $468) for the Spastics Society of Karnataka, a non-governmental organization dedicated to the welfare of people with neuromuscular and developmental disabilities. Thirteen volunteers visited the school to help cook the children’s meals, serve food, and package gifts and sweets made by the students.
And in Manila, employees donated approximately $1,100 to support the victims of the two typhoons that recently struck the Philippines. With this money, employees purchased food to assemble for care packages that were delivered to the affected families through the help of the American Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Corporate Network for Disaster Response.
This is the third consecutive year that the VAN has sponsored events to recognize World Food Day.