Stop Hunger Now and FedEx Employees Team Up to Package 100,000 Meals on MLK Day of Service
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan 14, 2016—An estimated 500 FedEx employees across 10 cities will team up with Stop Hunger Now on Monday, January 18 to package meals for the world’s hungry in recognition of the Rev. Martin Luther King Day Jr. of Service.
This is the third year FedEx has worked with Stop Hunger now to orchestrate the nationwide event and provide employees with an opportunity to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. FedEx employees will be packaging meals simultaneously in these cities: Memphis, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Newark, N.J., Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Houston, and Redmond, Wash.
“Volunteerism is an integral part of the FedEx culture, and we are proud to 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.”
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.
Around the world, nearly 795 million people lack adequate food. Stop Hunger Now operates meal packaging locations in 21 cities throughout the U.S. and six international locations in South Africa, Malaysia, the Philippines, Italy, India and Peru.
Founded in 1998, Stop Hunger Now has delivered aid and disaster relief supplies in the form of food, medical supplies, clothing, school supplies and more to thousands of disaster victims and other hungry and vulnerable people in 73 countries.
“Martin Luther King had a dream, and we have a dream about ending world hunger,” said Rod Brooks, CEO of Stop Hunger Now. “What we want everyone to know is that hunger is solvable and is the common thread among the world’s most challenging issues,” he said. “When hunger is targeted, you give leverage and hope to every other cause including poverty, disease, education and the welfare of women and children.”
Stop Hunger Now meal packaging programs offer volunteers the opportunity to participate in a hands-on international hunger relief program and to become educated, engaged advocates for the world’s poor and hungry. For more information, go to www.stophungernow.org or contact Chris Craven, corporate outreach director at Stop Hunger Now, 951-551-8732 or Rae Lyn Rushing, Media Relations at FedEx, (901) 434-5791.
About Stop Hunger Now
For more than 17 years, Stop Hunger Now has been creating a movement to end hunger. More than 200,000,000 meals have been packaged and distributed along with other aid to 73 countries impacting millions of lives. The organization is driven by a mission to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.
The Stop Hunger Now meal packaging program was created to give dedicated individuals the opportunity to participate in a hands-on international hunger relief program and to become educated, engaged advocates for the world’s poor and hungry. In 2014, Stop Hunger Now and its global affiliates packaged 50.6 million meals.
In its efforts to respond to emergency needs around the world Stop Hunger Now receives and distributes significant donations of in-kind aid. These donations are large quantities of food, medicines, medical supplies and other such items as may be of use in fighting hunger and providing relief in a crisis. For more information visit www.stophungernow.org.
About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $49 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its 340,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.