Emeryville-based Clif Bar joined forces with Rise Against Hunger in the fight against food insecurity at the Emeryville Center of Community Life last week. Nearly 400 Clif Bar employees volunteered their time to package meals to fight hunger and malnutrition around the world.
“We believe sustaining our community is one of our responsibilities as a business,” said Cassie Cyphers, Community Programs Manager of Clif Bar. “It’s an honor to partner with Rise Against Hunger to help address the critical issue of hunger in our global community.”
Rise Against Hunger’s meal packaging events are a volunteer-based program that coordinates the streamlined packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables and 23 essential vitamins and minerals.
Through its Clif Corps program, Clif Bar employees are encouraged to volunteer in their local communities on company time. Last year, Clif employees donated 14,985 volunteer hours to a variety of non-profit organizations. Employees typically volunteer in small groups, but once a year, all employees in the Emeryville office volunteer together side by side to expand their impact.
The rental of the ECCL Field & Gym also generated about $4K for the facilities operation and maintenance fund according to City of Emeryville Youth & Adult Services Manager Brad Helfenberger. Clif Bar utilized the ECCL field to assemble pre-fabricated play structures for Habitat for Humanity.
Around the world, more than 792 million people lack adequate food. One in nine people in the world go to bed hungry each night. Rise Against Hunger meal packaging events give volunteers the opportunity to make a hands-on difference in helping to end world hunger. Rise Against Hunger works to meet immediate nutritional needs today and empower the ability to build strong, communities tomorrow.
Rise Against Hunger operates meal packaging locations in 20 cities throughout the U.S. and five international locations in South Africa, Malaysia, the Philippines, Italy and India. To date, Clif Bar & Company has packaged and donated over 150,000 meals for those in need.
“We appreciate partners engaging together and packaging meals for the most vulnerable populations,” said Karen Noe, Global Director of Partner Relations for Rise Against Hunger. “Clif Bar believes in Doing More Good Together, and we too believe this is how we will end hunger – doing good together. We are grateful to Clif Bar for their impact and partnership!”
Founded in 1998, Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) has distributed aid in the form of food, medical supplies, clothing, medical supplies and more to vulnerable people in 74 countries. In 2016, more than 376,000 volunteers from corporations, churches, schools and civic organizations packaged Rise Against Hunger meals. Since the inception of Rise Against Hunger’s meal packaging program, volunteers in the U.S. and worldwide have packaged more than 331 million meals.
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