Nestlé today marks its third annual Nestlé Cares day of service, an effort that unites its eight operating companies in 47 states to make a difference through more than 150 events nationwide. This year, Nestlé will expand its work with Feeding America®, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the U.S., to support local food banks and non-profit organizations that provide nutritious foods to families in need. Today’s day of service is part of an exciting week at Nestlé. On July 31, the company hosted a neighborhood celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony in Rosslyn, Virginia to mark the grand opening of its new U.S. headquarters.
Near corporate offices and factory locations spanning from big cities to rural communities, more than 5,000 Nestlé employees are spending the day away from their typical work routine to volunteer. Some are preparing and serving meals for seniors, children and families in need. Others are helping to teach kids the importance of healthy eating or restoring and planting community gardens. Planned events include:
- Sorting donations and building donation packages at local food banks in Arlington, VA; Solon, OH; Oakland, CA; Bridgewater, NJ; and St. Louis, MO
- Teaching a cooking class and leading an exercise class for kids in Washington, DC
- Helping bag and deliver food donations to seniors in Stamford, CT
- Packing nutritious summer meals for young children attending summer camp in Florham Park, NJ
Nestlé employees will be sharing their day of service stories at these events – and many more – using the hashtag #WeAreNestle.
“Nestlé and our employees across the country take deep pride in our efforts to end hunger in our communities and in the world,” said Steve Presley, Chairman and CEO of Nestlé USA. “As a business that strives to make each day better than the day before – for our consumers, our customers, our employees and our communities – we are proud to join with Feeding America to help tackle the critical issue of hunger in America.”
Hunger affects millions of people in the United States, including one in six children. Nestlé, who has been a Feeding America partner for more than 25 years, recognizes this problem as a call to create positive change. In the last five years alone Nestlé has donated more than 100 million pounds of food and water to support more than 185 Feeding America food banks, including those in communities affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017.
“We’ve long valued our relationship with Nestlé, and we’re excited to celebrate this partnership with today’s national day of service since summer is one of the most vulnerable times of the year for food security in the U.S.,” said Matt Knott, President of Feeding America. “Hunger is a complex issue that touches people from all walks of life, in every community across the country. But it doesn’t start or stop with one day, and we know collaboration with partners like Nestlé is crucial in addressing this issue year-round.”
Nestlé’s annual day of service is part of the company’s larger efforts to create a healthier future for its employees and consumers. Nestlé is committed to helping 50 million children worldwide live healthier lives by 2030 as part of its global Nestlé for Healthier Kids initiative. And, to combat the annual summer decline in donations to food banks, Nestlé most recently kicked off its Better Lives Food Drive campaign, which collected more than 52,000 pounds of employee-donated food, to-date.
About Nestlé in the United States
Nestlé in the United States is committed to being a trusted leader in nutrition, health and wellness. Our 50,000 employees in the United States are committed to enhancing quality of life, contributing to a healthier future for individuals and families, our communities, and the planet. Nestlé in the U.S. offers a wide and varied portfolio of food and beverage products for people and their pets throughout their lives. Nestlé in the U.S. consists of eight main businesses: Nestlé USA, Nestlé Waters North America, Nestlé Nutrition, Nestlé Professional, Nespresso, Nestlé Health Science, Nestlé Skin Health and Nestlé Purina PetCare Company. The United States is Nestlé S.A.’s largest market with combined product sales in the United States totaling more than $27 billion in 2017. For more information, visit NestleUSA.com or Facebook.com/NestleUSA.
About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
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