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For the one in three people worldwide who are adversely affected by hunger, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, having a nutritious meal is often the main factor in their ability to thrive. That is why employees from across Wolters Kluwer's ELM Solutions joined with Rise Against Hunger on June 19 to prepare and ship over 40,000 pre-packed meals for families living in at-risk communities.

In Chennai, India, close to 90 employee-volunteers came to the office early and supported the event throughout the day. The team managed to pack 93 boxes with 36 packets in each box. Each packet serves six children. Thereby, more than 20,000 meals were created. All meals were donated to Hope Foundation, Adayar and Hope Public Charitable Trust. Rise against hunger coordinator, Yogini, was on hand to guide and educate the team about hunger.

With hairnets in place, 50 Houston volunteers worked side-by-side and helped package more than 10,000 meals. Through the efforts and hard work of the team (fueled by snacks from Ben & Jerry), these meals were ready to be shipped to a geographical area impacted by conflict or climate change.

“It is amazing to see the passion and willingness of my colleagues to get together to contribute for a good cause,” said JC Landivar, Product Manager with ELM Solutions. “Having the opportunity to step away from a conference call for a while and interact with my co-workers in this type of activity is one of the reasons ELM Solutions is a great place to work. Rise Against Hunger is an exceptional organization and I look forward to joining colleagues in future events with them or similar organizations.”  

In Hartford, over 50 employees across four shifts turned the office bistro area into a precision assembly line, packaging a total of 10,152 meals, while learning about the challenges and contributing factors that are driving hunger. The team’s efforts will play a strong role in enabling Rise Against Hunger to accomplish their mission and touch more than 1.8 million lives each year.

And while some of our employees could not be onsite at one of our offices, remote employees took the initiative to gather and contribute. The Denver area volunteers spent their time at a local food bank (Metro Caring). The team worked for a few hours to process drop-offs from distributors and grocery stores - unpacking pallets and sorting the food.

Many thanks to our ELM volunteers for their hard work, and special thanks to our local site coordinators for identifying the charitable organizations and making the event a big success. With passion, teamwork, and commitment to our values to “make it better,” ELM Solutions employees are improving the communities where we live and work.