FedEx Volunteers Help Fight Hunger
Monday, January 19, 2015 was a day to honor the birthday of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And for many Americans including hundreds of FedEx employees, it was a day to set aside time to participate in community service projects. In Memphis, about 50 team members helped paint at the Memphis Academy of Health Sciences and did landscaping work at ArkWings. Others chose to help in the fight against hunger.
“I’m very fortunate,” says FedEx Senior Project Analyst Antoinette Johnson. “I don’t have to worry about where my next meal is coming from. But I know that there are others who just want to eat. This is a basic human need and I’m glad to be able to assist someone.”
Johnson was one of 50 volunteers who assembled 10,000 meal packages at the Memphis FedEx Headquarters as part of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service project with the Stop Hunger Now organization.
Nationwide, more than 300 FedEx volunteers packaged meals for the world’s hungry in Atlanta, GA, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA, Newark, NJ, Boston, MA as well as Memphis, TN. Stop Hunger Now meal packaging events are a volunteer-based program that coordinates the streamlined packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables and 23 essential vitamins and minerals.
Stop Hunger Now appreciates the FedEx volunteer support, especially on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. “On a day that is all about service, FedEx is showing its commitment to give back” said Chris Craven, Corporate Outreach Director at Stop Hunger Now. “We appreciate people taking time from their schedules to package meals for the hungry.”
Around the world, nearly 805 million people lack adequate food. Stop Hunger Now operates meal packaging locations in 19 cities throughout the U.S. and four international locations in South Africa, Malaysia, the Philippines and Italy. More than 450,000 volunteers from corporations, churches, schools and civic organizations have packaged Stop Hunger Now meals.
“People take for granted a simple meal every day,” says FedEx Inside Sales Account Executive Corey Newman. “So being able to do this and provide for the needy is just, it’s really special and it makes me feel good to do it and help people out.”