This past Wednesday I was privileged to join together with Stop Hunger Now international affiliate directors and over 1,000 HP employees in Kuala Lumpur as we packaged over 300,000 meals for the hungry. I left the event to catch my plane to China and on to Fort St. John, Canada to attend the Rotary District 5370 Conference here in Dawson Creek where I addressed the conference Friday morning.
Beginning Friday afternoon, the conference participants and the Dawson Creek community worked together to package over 286,000 Stop Hunger Now meals. What an honor it was to be a small part of such powerful events.
The packaging event with HP was a powerful demonstration of corporate social responsibility while the the Rotary packaging event illustrates the power of our partnerships with civic groups. Rotary District Governor Tim Schilds has a goal of District 5370 packaging a million meals this year. The district is off to a great start, and I am sure the goal will be reached.
During these two events participants worked together to provide over a half a million meals for hungry children around the world. As one couple from Poland attending the event here in Dawson Creek said to me, ‘This is very good. We need to do it more.”
I agree. Working together we are demonstrating that we can end hunger in our lifetime.
Later this year Stop Hunger Now will open an affiliate office in Peru. This will be our sixth country where Stop Hunger Now will work to engage volunteers to help end hunger in our lifetime.
We already have affiliate locations in South Africa, Malaysia, Italy, the Philippines and India. And this summer, our first location in South America will join the list of countries where our meal packaging program encourages people to become an active participate in the global movement to end hunger in our lifetime.
Peru Next Stop for Stop Hunger Now
Stop Hunger Now will open an office this summer in Lima, Peru.
Stop Hunger Now Peru aims to provide 600,000 meals in its first 12 months — through June 2016 — and then 1 million meals each of the next two years.
The office, the first Latin American affiliate for Stop Hunger Now, will work to help address poverty in Peru, a country of 30 million people in which three in 10 people live in poverty.
The office also will work to support the national policy of advancing collaboration and corporate social responsibility, and help public, private, education and civic organizations engage and inspire volunteerism among employers and members.
Stop Hunger Now has provided over 140 million meals in 15 countries. In South America and Latin America, Stop Hunger Now has shipped nearly 28.9 million meals in 11 countries, including over 570,000 meals in Peru.
– See more at: http://www.stophungernow.org/movement-grows-newsletter/#Peru
I left the house this morning at 0420 for the ride to the airport. My flight to Minneapolis boarded at 0545. The flight was only two and a half hours long. And I have to admit I dozed for most of it.
After a brief layover in Minneapolis I boarded the flight to San Jose. This flight had some heavy headwinds. That meant it took us three hours and fifty-seven minutes from takeoff to touchdown. At least I did get some work done while airborne.
What was nice when I arrived in San Jose was that Karen Noe, the Stop Hunger Now Community Development Director, called me even before I had deplaned. She was waiting in baggage claim. It’s always a treat when there is someone to meet you when you arrive in a unfamiliar city after a long flight.
We drove to the nearby Doubletree by Hilton for lunch and a meeting with one of their human resources staff who had helped organize last year’s 10,000 meal packaging event. Not only did all the local Doubletrees and Hiltons participate, the staff did all the fundraising for the event, as well.
The event was so successful and so much fun they are going to do it again this fall. Only this year they are going to triple their meal packaging goal to 30,000 meals.
What is impressive is not only the proactive stance taken on corporate social responsibility by the San Jose Doubletree by Hilton. The leadership displayed by their staff in organizing such an event demonstrates true leadership in the fight to end hunger. It was a great way to start the week of meetings and events here in California.