Walker Edison participated in a company-wide service event Wednesday afternoon in partnership with Rise Against Hunger. Over 100 employees came together to prepare and package 40,000 meals for people in need.
Walker Edison values charitable service as an integral part of their culture. Each quarter employees receive paid time off to give back to nonprofit organizations in addition to opportunities to participate in company-wide service events. Matt Davis, Walker Edison’s co-owner and COO said of the event, “Contributing back to the community is so important for us and as a global business we love helping organizations like Rise Against Hunger. This is a great cause and serving together as a company is a lot of fun too.”
For each of the past two years, Walker Edison has donated 20,000 meals, but this year they decided to double their efforts. CEO Brad Bonham said, “We’re doing something really exciting here, being able to package 40,000 meals for kids who go hungry every day. We love Rise Against Hunger and we love doing service like this for others.”
Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organization, aims to show the world that it is, in fact, possible to end hunger by the year 2030. With 28 U.S. locations and five international offices, the organization is committed to nourishing lives, providing emergency aid, empowering communities and growing the hunger relief movement. Rise Against Hunger has facilitated volunteer meal packaging of nearly 500 million meals to be distributed to countries around the world. To find out more about Rise Against Hunger, please visit www.riseagainsthunger.org.
In October Walker Edison held its company-wide service day and prepared 20,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger.
According to Rise Against Hunger’s data, 20,000 meals provides enough to feed 93 school kids for an entire year.
Rise Against Hunger was created in1998 by Ray Buchanan, a United Methodist minister and is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Its goal is to end hunger worldwide by 2030 by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.
When meals are provided through Rise Against Hunger, the food is shipped to areas in need all over the world.
“We’re a global business and we like to be involved and give back to our local community as well as the global community,” said Brad Bonham, CEO of Walker Edison. “We do service days once a quarter and get the entire office involved. It’s amazing what a difference you can make in just a few hours. In just over two hours we were able to package 20,000 meals that will be distributed to areas in need around the world. It feels great to be able to give service that will make a difference to so many people."