Volunteers Deliver 5,000 Meals to Children
For some youngsters, school lunch is the only reliable meal of the day. During the weekend, when children are not at school, many often go hungry. But in Houston, Texas, volunteerism, corporate engagement and good old-fashioned ingenuity came together recently to help solve that problem.
It began with an interesting opportunity. A major breakfast food company was closing a plant and was willing to donate a truckload of cereal to HFB. But to be useful, it had to be packaged into manageable portions. HFB contacted Effler asking if Dow, which had arranged for materials donations to HFB in the past, could help out again.
But that was just the beginning. On the last Saturday in September, Effler rallied 16 Dow volunteers to join people from several other area companies, churches and service organizations to get bagging. The Dow team filled more than 2,700 of the bags, enough to provide more than 5,000 bowls of cereal to hungry kids.
“It was an honor to have organized Dow’s participation at the HFB’s Volunteer Day,” Effler said. “We provided needed volunteer support to help the HFB Backpack Buddy program and had fun together. We’re looking forward to additional Dow volunteer opportunities at the HFB for 2016 and beyond.”
Similar arrangements between Dow and other customers have yielded donations to HFB of stretch wrap film, collapsible bulk bins and 96-gallon wheeled bins.
“As a leader in the packaging industry, this is the type of initiative that clearly illustrates the relevance of our products that are needed to help protect and transport food,” said Greg Jozwiak, North America commercial vice president. “But more importantly, it also demonstrates the passion our people have to make a difference in the communities in which we live.”
For an in-depth look at the Backpack Buddy program, including a short video, go to www.houstonfoodbank.org/programs/backpack-buddy/.