October was a month of excitement, not only for Rise Against Hunger as we celebrated World Food Day and the earning of a Guinness World Records title, but also for our corporate partners, who have continued to demonstrate their commitment to creating a world without hunger. During the month of October 2018 alone, our corporate partners collectively contributed nearly 4 million meals through volunteer meal packaging events. The impact translates directly to providing 37,900 children with a hot lunch at school for an entire year!
The beginning of the month marked the start of PepsiCo Gives Back, providing more than 1 million meals for Rise Against Hunger beneficiaries. Jon Banner, President, PepsiCo Foundation and EVP, Communications, shared, “PepsiCo’s determination to reach people in need and fight hunger is greater than ever before as global hunger continues to rise…”
Also making an impact on World Food Day, partner Zambrero packaged more than 419,000 meals to go to those who need them most. In addition to their events on October 16, the restaurant chain also continues their Plate 4 Plate initiative with the goal of donating 1 billion meals by 2025. With Plate 4 Plate, Zambrero has joined our work to break the cycle of poverty by donating one meal for every purchase of a bowl or burritos.
An exciting event to close the month was thanks to Pfizer, who on October 31 held an event in Groton, CT, where volunteers packaged more than 60,000 meals, bringing their total above their goal of 1 million meals.
Also joining the hunger movement in October were Kraft Heinz, with an exciting 50,000 meal event at the Heinz Innovation Center, and the L.A. Chargers Football Company who scored a major touchdown in our combined effort to end hunger! Other companies making a big impact with multi-site events in October are partners: Capital One, JP Morgan, Juniper Networks, MetLife, MilliporeSigma, Northrop Grumman, Otsuka and SAP.
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