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Equitable’s Return to Office Creates Meaningful Impact for People Facing Hunger Worldwide

By Hannah Payne on July 29, 2022

When the financial services company Equitable prepared to return to the office in Charlotte, North Carolina, and New York, New York, they knew they wanted the future of work to be engaging and collaborative. They also wanted it to be impactful — both for their employees and for people around the world. Equitable is committed to advocating for vibrant and healthy communities, which includes supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #2 of zero hunger. Throughout the month of June, Equitable hosted six Rise Against Hunger Experience meal packaging events — three in Charlotte and three in New York — for their staff to come together to package meals for people facing food insecurity around the world. 

At each event, Equitable employees and financial professionals worked together to package soy, dehydrated vegetables, rice and vitamins into bags. Across the six events, 290 employees packaged 66,000 nutritious meals total. The events brought colleagues together from across the organization, including the CEO, COO and the majority of the company’s senior leaders. Many colleagues who had previously only corresponded virtually also got the opportunity to meet in person for the first time while simultaneously giving back. 

These six events truly created “moments that matter” — opportunities for collaboration when Equitable teams were on-site, which the company plans to continue in the future. Stephanie Shields, Equitable’s Head of Employee Benefits, explained that these events are crucial to the company’s future of work, saying, “As our team navigates the future of work and utilizes moments that matter as we return to the office, we were eager to give back to our community through the Rise Against Hunger projects. The activity provided a great way for our teams to come together to be a force for good, all while having some fun working together toward a great cause supporting the Rise Against Hunger efforts!”

By including Rise Against Hunger meal packaging events as part of their return to the office, Equitable not only created space for their employees to collaborate and get to know one another, but the company also helped make a difference in the work to alleviate food insecurity! The 66,000 meals packaged by Equitable will help nourish the people Rise Against Hunger serves around the world. 

Looking for an impactful team-building opportunity for your group? Host your own Rise Against Hunger Experience meal packaging event — like Equitable did!