Forty Global Leaders Assist Hunger-Relief Organization
They are top Dow managers from around the world, and when they gathered in Florida in February for the company’s Global Leader Meeting, they had plenty to work on, but that didn’t stop them from taking some time to make a difference in the community.
More than 40 Dow leaders took part in a day of service with Feeding South Florida, a subsidiary of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization. Leaders helped “set the table” for more than 785,000 individuals who face issues related to poverty and lack of access to fresh, healthy foods. In addition to donating their time, Dow leaders made personal financial contributions to the organization, which were matched by a grant from The Dow Chemical Company Foundation.
“I am proud to work for a company that believes so strongly in helping others,” said Terri Johnson, Public Affairs corporate director. “It felt great to take a break from our meeting, leave the confines of the conference room, and do something with my hands and heart that would make a real difference for people in the area.”
Feeding South Florida deploys a network of direct service programs and nonprofit partner agencies – including soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, and group homes – to rescue and distribute more than 40 million pounds of food per year. The Feeding America network provides food for more than 46 million people facing hunger in the United States, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors. The organization also leads hunger and poverty advocacy efforts and provides innovative programming and education. It is comprised of 200 food banks throughout the United States.