Annual food drive provides 379,000 meals

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Annual food drive provides 379,000 meals

From Glendale, Calif., to Dorking in the U.K., Unum employees collected more than 30,000 pounds of food and nearly $71,000 during the company’s annual Cash and Cans food drive.

That’s enough to provide more than 379,000 meals to those in need.

“I know having enough food on hand to provide meals for the hungry is a challenge here and in the other places where we live and work,” said Controller Vicki Corbett, who helped collect food in Chattanooga. “Being a part of collecting so much food that will help some of our neighbors in their greatest time of need makes me very proud to work here.”

The need is significant. Feeding America reports that 1 in 7 Americans – 46.5 million people – struggles to get enough to eat. In the U.K., 13 million people live below the poverty line.

Each month, thousands of people turn to the local organizations that Unum’s drive supports, including Preble Street, York County Food Rescue, Chattanooga Community Kitchen, Worcester County Food Bank, Transform Housing & Support, Basingstoke Foodbank, Keynsham Foodbank and Harvest Hope Food Bank.

“It’s always a thrill to see our food storage area stacked to the rafters with food, as we see lines at our food programs growing longer and longer,” said Elena Schmidt, chief development officer of Preble Street in Portland, Maine. “The Unum ‘force’ that keeps our shelves stocked with thousands and thousands of pounds of food is truly amazing.”

Naomi LeBlanc, director of development for the Worcester County Food Bank in Massachusetts, said they rely on community members to provide food assistance to over 100,000 people each year.

“The food and funds collected will go immediately towards helping children, seniors and others across our region to feed their families tomorrow while creating lasting solutions to change the landscape of hunger in our communities down the road,” LeBlanc said.

You can help, too. Every dollar donated to Feeding America helps its network of food banks secure and distribute 11 meals to people facing hunger. To donate or to find your local food bank, visit Feeding America today.

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