For more than a decade, Unum employees from across the country have united to combat hunger in their communities. The company’s Cans & Cash Food Drive resulted in more than 19,000 pounds of food and more than $90,000 collected – enough to provide 932,243 meals to those in need.
“I am amazed, though hardly surprised, at the generosity of Unum employees,” said Steve Alpren, the leader of this year’s drive and a community relations specialist in Unum’s Portland office. “Year after year, our employees step up to make a real difference in our communities.”
Many people from all walks of life are one crisis away from food insecurity. According to Feeding America, 41 million people struggle with hunger in the United States, including 13 million children.
The drive was in partnership with many organizations who work day in and day out to provide for those in need including Preble Street, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Chattanooga Community Kitchen, Worcester County Food Bank, Glendale Salvation Army and Harvest Hope Food Bank.
“By joining with us in providing meals to our most vulnerable neighbors, Unum employees become an important part of the story for every person we help transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency,” said Jens Christensen, chief executive officer for the Chattanooga Community Kitchen. “Each journey starts with a meal – and many are provided and served by Unum employees. We’re grateful for the partnership and even more grateful to have Unum as an important part of our community.”
Preble Street, located in Portland, Maine, serves 500,000 meals a year with help from 5,000 volunteers per year. “For people experiencing homelessness and poverty, food is like medicine,” said Mark Swann, executive director for Preble Street. “By organizing this drive for the past decade, Unum has not only directly supported our neighbors in need but has helped ensure our community is a place where everyone is afforded the opportunity to move forward.”
There are many ways you can get involved in the fight against hunger. You can partner with the organizations listed above through both food and monetary donations, volunteering your time at a food bank and advocating for the cause. To donate or to find your local food bank, visit Feeding America today.
“It feels so good to work for an organization that values our neighbors through financial and volunteer assistance,” Alpren said. “We are making a positive impact to so many people and Unum leads the way in setting the bar as high as it is.”