Starkist Steps Up with Generous Gift to Feed the Children
StarKist® is joining forces with Feed the Children with a generous donation of $100,000. This gift will go a long way toward supporting our mission of making sure no child goes to bed hungry. In addition, StarKist is teaming up with Feed the Children during four community events over the next few months in Pittsburgh, Boston, New York City and Los Angeles.
“StarKist is a socially responsible company that provides healthy food for more people. One in five children goes to bed hungry in the U.S., and at StarKist we are committed to doing our part by getting our nutritious seafood products into the hands of children in need,” said Andrew Choe, StarKist President and CEO. “It’s an honor to work with the Feed the Children team. And we applaud this outstanding organization for its endless fight against hunger and its commitment to breaking the poverty cycle.”
Four community events are planned, and will kick-off in StarKist’s hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa. on Wednesday of this week. StarKist and Feed the Children are collaborating with FOCUS+ Pittsburgh charity to hold a community-fair style event where a truckload of food, essentials, StarKist product and more will be distributed to pre-registered attendees.
In addition to Pittsburgh, Feed the Children and StarKist will co-sponsor events in New York City (June 23), Boston (July 7), and Los Angeles (July 14) over the next couple of months, assisting local families in the area.
“Feed the Children strives to provide hope and resources to those without life’s essentials,” said J.C. Watts, Jr., Feed the Children President and CEO. “We are honored to partner with StarKist in the fight to end child hunger in America. Together, we can be our neighbor’s helper and truly help families in our nation’s own backyard.”
Kenya Care Groups Get Trained to Make a Difference
Volunteer mothers who will work with Feed the Children under the Care Group Project in the slums of Kibera were recently trained on the objectives and focus of the project.
The Care Group Model is a program designed to empower a small number of staff to work with a larger number of volunteers, to help increase our reach and influence in vulnerable communities. These volunteers will provide key health and nutrition information to an even larger population of pregnant and breastfeeding women in their communities.
The project has seven promoters employed by Feed the Children. Each promoter is responsible for four care groups comprised of 10-15 lead mothers (volunteer mothers). These lead mothers will be meeting once per month in their care groups to learn key messages about health and nutrition.
During the recent training, the volunteers were taken through guidelines on how to carry out care group meetings with the mothers with whom they will interact. Participants were equipped with knowledge about the project’s core mandate and ways to go about having the meetings.
Truckloads of Help and Hope in Ohio
In the United States, the roots of hunger go deep. In Columbus Ohio, for example, 22 percent of households live below the poverty level and far too many children go to bed hungry. This is why The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation and Teleperformance partnered with Feed the Children for its annual Get Ready Fest™ —an event that provided 1,200 pre-identified Columbus-area families with wellness resources, food and essentials. The event took place late last month and is one of many that Feed the Children plans across the country each year to help feed bodies, minds and futures. It is made possible because of The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, the generous donation of forklifts from Harr’s Forklift Service of Columbus, and additional product transportation by Americold.
Volunteers from The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, including Malcolm Jenkins (Pro Bowler for the Philadelphia Eagles and ‘09 The Ohio State University graduate), Teleperformance, Lutheran Social Services, Columbus Urban League, Omega Psi Phi and Niagara Water were onsite to serve and assist the effort. Each family received a 25-pound box of food; a 10-pound box of much-needed essentials like shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and personal-care items; and a box with assorted Avon products. Get Ready Fest™ also included several community organizations providing complimentary services and products, such as children’s books and youth haircuts.
“Feed the Children strives to provide help and resources to those without life’s essentials,” said J.C. Watts, Jr., Feed the Children President and CEO. “We are honored to partner with The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation and Teleperformance in the fight to end hunger in America.”
More community partners assisting with the event included Second Baptist Church, The Ohio State University Athletics, Omega Psi Phi, Concord Hotels, Columbus Food Bank, Campbells, Hirzel, L’Oreal, Columbus State Community College, The Ohio Academy-Paul Mitchell, Buckeye Health, 2nd and Seven Foundation, CHLOE. Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters, Veteran’s Administration, Infant Mortality Task Force, LSS Ohio Benefit Bank, Niagara Water, Cliff Bar, Disney Books, Starkist Tuna and DJ by Giovanni.
Spring Fling in Oklahoma City
Fighting hunger is serious business, but sometimes kids just need to be kids. We recently participated in a “Spring Fling” event at Crystal Lake in Oklahoma City. We had more than 800 children in attendance, with countless volunteers paired with those young kids. The event grew out of our after-school program efforts, which serve 850 children each week over 30 sites.
With a theme of “Superheroes,” we provided children with four new Disney books (Marvel, Sophia, Doc McStuffins, etc.), plus Captain America nightlights. We’re thankful to partner Whiz Kids for helping make the event happen, and to our President, CEO and resident superhero, J.C. Watts, was attending the event as well.