Second Annual KEEP Families Fed Food Drive
Thursday 7 December, 2017
The Kerry Employee Engagement Program (KEEP) recently hosted the 2nd annual KEEP Families Fed food drive at Kerry locations across North America, raising an astounding 29,463 pounds of non-perishable food and other essentials – enough to provide approximately 20,000 meals for those in need.
Each location selected a food pantry or charity in their community to benefit from the drive with the goal of three pounds of food per person and to surpass the 2016 total of 22,000 pounds. Sites like Crossville, Tennessee, went well above and beyond, with their 55 employees raising an outstanding 3,940 pounds of donations.
“We are a tightknit, competitive family,” said Michelle Herbert, Accounting Assistant and Engagement Champion for Crossville. “In addition to our donations to House of Hope, we were able to provide Thanksgiving and a few weeks’ worth of groceries for some of our employees who were on leave. We have a great team here that truly cares about and wants to help others. We are, after all, in the Volunteer State!”
Some locations also contributed Kerry product, like Jackson, Wisconsin, whose donation of 11,050 pounds was divided across three counties. “The bulk of our contribution was spiced chai, and also a grape concentrate that can be reconstituted into juice,” said Ken Stauss, L&D Specialist and Engagement Champion for Jackson. “Initially, we had trouble finding a pantry that could store a donation of this size, but in the end we were able to help fight hunger throughout southeast Wisconsin.”
“It is truly inspirational to see our region regularly set and exceed its philanthropic goals.” said Michael O’Neill, CEO & President – North America. “As we continue growing our business, it is essential to support and give back to the communities in which we operate. These events do more than demonstrate our commitment to sustainability; they embody both our Taste & Nutrition mission and the incredible people who work at Kerry.”
Congratulations and thank you to everyone for your generosity!
The Kerry Employee Engagement Program (KEEP) is a North America initiative designed to connect colleagues, build relationships, give back to the community and enrich the personal experiences of Kerry employees.