Rise Against Hunger fights global food insecurity
GivingTuesday is a global generosity effort that encourages people to give back by donating their time and resources to charitable causes. It’s also a time to celebrate the organizations transforming global communities. In the United States, GivingTuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.
Rise Against Hunger, a nonprofit growing a global movement to end hunger, strives to make an impact by building resilience, self-sufficiency, and empowerment in communities worldwide.
Rise Against Hunger focuses on four pathways to end hunger: nourishing lives, responding to emergencies, empowering communities, and growing the movement. All these undertakings, in tandem, provide both immediate nourishment for those facing hunger today and sustainable solutions to lift entire communities for years to come.
Since 2014, FedEx has supported Rise Against Hunger through a combination of volunteering, charitable shipping, and grants for sustainable farming initiatives in Africa.
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, FedEx volunteers gather across the country every January to assemble meal packages to help Rise Against Hunger ﬁght food insecurity globally. Each meal bag is comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, and 20 essential vitamins and feeds a family of six – helping to curb hunger for more than one million people throughout the year.
To date, team members have stepped up to fight hunger by packing nearly one million meals in the following cities: Atlanta, Boston, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Memphis, Newark, Oakland-San Francisco, Orlando, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C.
In June, FedEx team members in Europe teamed up to pack food boxes for Ukrainian refugee families living in neighboring countries. Approximately 270 FedEx volunteers in four European locations packed 2,400 food boxes. Each box had enough food to cover basic food needs for a family for two weeks. The food boxes were delivered to refugees ﬂeeing the borders of Ukraine into surrounding communities in Poland, Moldova, and Romania.
Through the FedEx Cares “Delivering for Good” initiative, Rise Against Hunger has been able to ship approximately $34 million dollars of donated items including Rise Against Hunger meals, medicines, sanitary products, and supplies to help support communities to live free of hunger and disease.
In Mali’s Sikasso and Segou regions, Rise Against Hunger works with partner AMEDD to implement the Elevating Women and Youth Farmers project. More than 50% of Mali's agricultural labor force are women and youth, but only 5% of Malian women are landowners.
The project aims to improve food security among women and young farmers by ensuring agricultural land is attainable, providing livestock ownership and training on climate-smart agriculture techniques and nutrition.