About 40 team members from Precision Fluidics Division Headquarters in Hollis, NH recently participated in a meal packaging event to support the Stop Hunger Now organization.
The division has a high performance team dedicated to volunteerism that plans a range of events annually to engage team members in community service opportunities. Each employee at the division is asked to give eight hours of volunteer time annually to support a non-profit of their choice in the community. The team identified the Stop Hunger Now organization as a worthy cause and the meal packaging event was a great opportunity for employees to work together to help those in need.
A representative from Stop Hunger Now described the assembly process of combining rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a packet containing 23 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packages. He explained that meals are shipped throughout the world to support school feeding programs, orphanages, and crisis relief. The food is stored easily, transported quickly, and has a shelf-life of two years.
Together, the team packaged 18,000 meals! Each meal package costs just $0.29 and is intended to feed up to 6 people. To keep the team motivated, after every 1,000 meals were packaged, someone got to hit a gong!
“Packaging food for the “Stop Hunger” charity was a very fulfilling experience, commented Narendra Vaidya, Test Engineering Supervisor. “Knowing the impact my volunteer hours would have on feeding communities around the world made it worthwhile. I would like to have this event hosted at my location every year.”
Around the world, nearly 805 million people lack adequate food. 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 65 countries.
“What we want everyone to know is that hunger is solvable and is the common thread among the world’s most challenging issues. When hunger is targeted, you give leverage and hope to every other cause including poverty, disease, education and the welfare of women and children,” said Rod Brooks, President and CEO of Stop Hunger Now.
The Precision Fluidics team played music throughout the meal packing event and everyone had a great time, hair nets and all!
Article contributed by Alison Theriault, Division Human Resources Manager, SPHR.