Around the world, one in nine or 820 million people are facing hunger and malnutrition, which is the single largest contributor to disease in the world. Since 2010, Pfizer has partnered with Rise Against Hunger to help end world hunger by 2030 and make progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger.
This year, colleagues from Pfizer sites around the world helped package more than 1 million meals with Rise Against Hunger. In Spain, where the 1 millionth meal milestone was achieved this week, 350 colleagues packed 50,000 meals to meet the goal.
“I found the experience very enriching,” says Pfizer’s Jorge Manrique, a regional sales manager in Spain. “This was the first time that I’ve participated in this event I enjoyed it greatly and was personally moved to play a small role in helping to reduce hunger in the world.”
“I know personally what it’s like to face hunger and need assistance,” says Pfizer’s Sampsiey Ang, a manufacturing operations colleague in Andover, Massachusetts. “After the Vietnam war ended, I spent many days with my family in search of freedom and food. We traveled across the borders of various countries to find refuge and without food, water and aid from aid organizations, we would not be here today. A personal highlight for me this year was participating in a Rise Against Hunger event with my fellow colleagues in Andover.”
“For the last two years, I’ve been partnering with the Rise Against Hunger team to bring these events to Pfizer colleagues around the world,” says Dezarie Mayers, a corporate affairs colleague in New York City, New York. “It’s a privilege to be part of this team and provide Pfizer colleagues around the world with opportunities to give back to their communities.”
Ready to get your workplace involved in the fight to end hunger? Visit our Corporate Partnerships page to learn more!