MEMPHIS: January 16, 2017. More than 3,000 volunteers from corporate, civic and faith-based groups across the U.S. packed half a million meals on Martin Luther King Day in support of Stop Hunger Now.
Founded in 1998, the non-profit organization has delivered aid and disaster relief supplies in the form of food, medical supplies, clothing and school supplies to thousands of disaster victims and other hungry and vulnerable people in 73 countries.
This is the fourth year that FedEx has worked with Stop Hunger Now and on this occasion provided 600 employee volunteers with an opportunity to honor Dr. King's legacy through service.
The food was packed in Memphis, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Newark, N.J., Boston, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Houston, Orlando and San Francisco.
The company has also provided a US$30,000 grant to help deliver the dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables and 23 essential vitamins and minerals to people in Zambia, Haiti and Vietnam.
"FedEx is proud to again mark Dr. King's birthday by supporting Stop Hunger Now," said Rose Flenorl, manager, FedEx Global Citizenship. "Our team members are committed to making an impact in communities where we live and work, and by supporting this cause we can help to perpetuate corporate and societal values that are consistent with Dr. King's vision of America."
Other corporations and groups involved in the day of packing included Walmart Global eCommerce; United Methodist Churches in Virginia, Tennessee, New Jersey and North Carolina; Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh, N.C.; Haverford Middle School in Haverton, PA; St. Andrew School in Newtown, PA and Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA.