500 employees across eight U.S. cities will package meals for the world’s hungry
More than 500 of MetLife employees across eight U.S. cities will team up with global nonprofit Stop Hunger Now to package meals for the world’s hungry on October 13 in recognition of World Food Day.
MetLife employees will package approximately 200,000 meals in each of these locations: Cary, NC; Greenville, SC; Scranton, PA; Warwick, RI; Denver, CO; Tampa, FL; Dayton and OH; Whippany, NJ. Stop Hunger Now meal packaging events are a volunteer-based program that coordinates the streamlined packaging of highly nutritious, dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables and 23 essential vitamins and minerals.
MetLife is orchestrating this nationwide event in recognition of the United Nation’s World Food Day on Oct 16. Employees will join companies and organizations across the world to promote awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger. MetLife’s event is organized by iRise Rising Professionals – a MetLife group for young professionals, providing them with opportunities for personal and professional development. Sponsored by MetLife Foundation, this initiative demonstrates MetLife’s commitment to the global community.
“This event is an opportunity to raise awareness and encourage people to join the movement to end hunger,” says Kate Day, Vice President of Workforce Enablement at MetLife and Board Chair for Stop Hunger Now. ”I’m proud to work alongside our employees in their commitment to improving the lives of others around the world.”
World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on October 16 in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. This year’s theme is “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” The lives of Stop Hunger Now beneficiaries are intimately connected to the environment. Stop Hunger Now strives to manage environmental resources in ways that enhance the potential for growth and opportunity for sustainable development of present and future generations.
Around the world, nearly 795 million people lack adequate food. Stop Hunger Now operates meal packaging locations in 20 cities across the U.S. and six international locations in South Africa, Malaysia, the Philippines, Italy, India and Peru. Founded in 1988, Stop Hunger Now has delivered aid and emergency relief supplies in the form of food, medical supplies and clothing to hungry and vulnerable people in 74 countries.
About Stop Hunger Now
Stop Hunger Now works to end hunger by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable people, and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. Based in Raleigh, NC, Stop Hunger Now operates meal packaging programs in 20 U.S. cities and in South Africa, Malaysia, India, Italy, Peru and the Philippines.
About MetLife Foundation
MetLife Foundation was created in 1976 to continue MetLife’s long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Since its founding through the end of 2015, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $700 million in grants and $70 million in program-related investments to organizations addressing issues that have a positive impact in their communities. Today, the Foundation is dedicated to advancing financial inclusion, committing $200 million to help build a secure future for individuals and communities around the world. To learn more about MetLife Foundation, visit www.metlife.org.
MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“MetLife”), is one of the largest life insurance companies in the world. Founded in 1868, MetLife is a global provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. Serving approximately 100 million customers, MetLife has operations in nearly 50 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.metlife.com.