3 Organizations Fighting Hunger Year-Round
Big or small, local or national, these are three food security organizations we’re thankful for
The holidays have a way of making us slow down and appreciate our blessings. Here at Nestle, it’s no different. Each of us is taking a breath and thinking about the many things in our own lives that we’re thankful for. One thing that we all have in common is our appreciation for working with incredible nonprofits on community food security this year. Here are just three of the great organizations that are fighting hunger 365 days a year.
Founded in: 1979
Where they’re at: Based in Chicago, IL, supporting a national network of food banks.
In a snapshot: Feeding America rescues potential food waste through donations from farmers and food producers and gets that spare food onto the tables of hungry families.
The numbers: Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that provides food and services to more than 46 million people each year.
How we help: Nestlé USA plants and distribution centers work with local Feeding America-affiliated food banks to supply baby and toddler foods, juices and beverages, and frozen meals and snacks year-round. As a leadership partner, we have donated 154 million pounds of food and held food drives and volunteer events across the country. As Paul Grimwood says, “our commitment to providing great-tasting and nutritious food that consumers can feel good about serving doesn’t end at our dining-room table — it extends to our community.”
How they see food security: “Here in America, there is enough food to feed every man, woman and child, yet one in eight people face hunger. Feeding America fights hunger by connecting families to the resources they need to put food on the table.”
God’s Love We Deliver
Founded in: 1986
Where they’re at: New York City
In a snapshot: GLWD aims to improve the health and well-being of those with serious illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition. They prepare and deliver nutritious, high-quality meals to people who, because of their illness, are unable to provide or prepare meals for themselves.
The numbers: GLWD cooks and delivers 1.2 million meals each year.
How we help: Our New York-based Nespresso team were thrilled to get the chance to be part of GLWD’s amazing work (not to mention to up their cooking game!) The team prepared 2,300 meals to help recipients with compromised immune systems fuel their health. Guillaume Le Cunff, president of Nespresso USA, says “it’s about a shared value approach where we give back and create a team at the same time — and I’m learning how to cook mushrooms, so everybody’s winning here.”
How they see food security: GLWD knows that nutrition is an essential component of health and recovery. “We are dedicated to cooking — and delivering — the specific, nutritious meals a client’s severe illness — and treatment — so urgently require. Without charge. Without fail. Without pretense. And, most importantly, with love.”
The Midnight Mission
Founded in: 1914
Where they’re at: Los Angeles, California
In a snapshot: Midnight Mission offers a bridge to self-sufficiency for people experiencing homelessness through social services and workforce and provides necessities like food, shelter, clothing, and medical care.
The numbers: In 2012, the Midnight Mission served 1,008,324 meals to the community (3 meals a day), handed out clothing, and provided blankets and hygiene kits as well as other necessities.
How we help: We’re so proud to have partnered with the Midnight Mission for over a decade through employee volunteering, holiday toy drives, and special events. This year, more than 200 of our California employees volunteered with the Midnight Mission, serving over 5000 meals to homeless and impoverished individuals and distributing hundreds of homeless care packages. Tom Smith, our Chief Integration Officer, has also served on the board of the Midnight Mission for the past seven years, continuing his long tradition of serving community organizations.
How they see food security: “What we have learned over this long history is that repairing the lives of formerly-homeless individuals is really about recreating their safety net.” Meals and other services come with a caring, supportive, and comprehensive social support system.