Employees box +212,000 pounds of food providing +177,000 meals during 30-day period
Submitted by International Paper Company
In celebration of National Volunteer Week, International Paper is announcing a new initiative as part of its commitment to address critical community needs where its employees live and work. In a 30 day period, 227 International Paper employees from 26 sites volunteered 495 hours by sorting, packing and distributing food for people in need by working with Feeding America’s extensive network of food banks, along with other local food banks.
‘Box out Hunger’ focuses on alleviating hunger by mobilizing the company’s people, products and resources. Through these local efforts, International Paper employees are addressing food insecurity in their own backyards and making a difference. In the United States alone, more than 41 million Americans—including 13 million children—go hungry each day. Research shows that hunger has serious consequences for children, including lower test scores, weaker attendance rates, and higher risk of hospitalization and chronic diseases.
As part of the ‘Box out Hunger’ initiative, International Paper designed custom disaster relief boxes for Feeding America’s network of food banks to pre-stage in several communities to be prepared for the aftermath of a disaster. International Paper will also donate $1 million to Feeding America over two years. This commitment builds upon International Paper’s long standing support of Feeding America. In 2017 alone, International Paper donated 180,000 boxes and $250,000 to aid Feeding America in its disaster response efforts following several hurricanes in the southeastern United States, an earthquake in Mexico, and the ongoing California fire and mudslide crisis.
“At International Paper, our global citizenship strategy aligns with our vision to be among the most successful, sustainable and responsible companies in the world. If our communities don’t flourish and thrive, our company cannot be successful,” said Tom Cleves, International Paper vice president of global citizenship. “Teaming up with Feeding America allows us to make an even greater impact in our commitment to be a force for good by helping to reduce food insecurity.”
“When disaster strikes, Feeding America member food banks are on the ground ready to provide food and emergency supplies to help people recover in the aftermath,” said Andy Wilson, Feeding America chief development officer. “We applaud International Paper’s efforts and are grateful for the opportunity to work with them. International Paper’s support will help us extend critical aid where it’s needed most.”
International Paper’s global philanthropic efforts primarily focus on four signature causes: Education; Hunger; Health & Wellness, and Disaster Relief. To learn more about International Paper and its global citizenship efforts, please visit www.internationalpaper.com.
About International Paper
International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, India and Russia. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness and papers that facilitate education and communication. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and employ approximately 52,000 colleagues located in more than 24 countries. Net sales for 2017 were $22 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.
About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the Unites 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.
International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, Asia and Russia. We produce packaging products that enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products; papers that drive communication; paper bags that carry groceries; and paper cups and food containers. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and employ roughly 55,000 colleagues located in more than 24 countries. Net sales for 2015 were $22 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.
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