Year after year – 11 years to be exact – employees join forces to fight hunger in our communities. This year, our Cans & Cash Food Drive resulted in more than 18,000 pounds of food and nearly $79,000 collected, which is enough to provide 804,473 meals to those in need.
“A meal may not seem like a lot, but to a hungry child, or a person preparing for a job interview, it can be everything,” said Jens Christensen, chief executive officer of the Chattanooga Community Kitchen. “Thousands of people turn to us each year for help, and through our partnership, the people of Unum are a part of each story.”
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, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Wayside Food Pantry, Worcester County Food Bank.
“Unum has faithfully supported our food bank for more than 20 years,” Jean McMurray, chief executive officer of the Worcester County Food Bank. “Thanks to Unum’s dedication, neighbors struggling with hunger received the nutritious food they need to thrive. We’re deeply grateful for Unum’s support.”
According to Feeding America, 40 million Americans, including 12 million children, struggle with hunger. Based on annual income, 72 percent of the households the Feeding America network served in 2014 lived at or below the federal poverty level with a median annual household income of $9,175.
If you’re interested in helping, there are many ways you can get involved. You can partner with local organizations like the ones listed above through both food and monetary donations, volunteer your time at a food bank and advocate for the cause. To donate or to find your local food bank, visit Feeding America today.