Employees Join the Fight against Hunger
STAMFORD, Conn. – Nestlé Waters North America has begun its fourth annual national food drive to provide nutritious food and beverages to those in need. While many companies plan their corporate giving around the winter holidays, Nestlé Waters collects food ahead of the summer months, when families who rely on free and reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches lose that option, and demand for food assistance is high.
The 2017 Better Lives Food Drive officially kicked off at Nestlé Waters’ Stamford headquarters last week, where Kate Lombardo, Executive Director of The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County encouraged employees to participate in collection efforts. “Over the years, our partnership with Nestlé Waters has significantly increased the number of donations we receive and has enabled us to provide healthy meals to the local community,” said Lombardo. “We are thankful to have Nestlé Waters as a great community partner, and to work with the company to end hunger here in lower Fairfield County.”
The organization is the only food bank located in lower Fairfield County, Connecticut. They solicit, collect, sort, warehouse and distribute donated food from sources such as national manufacturers, local merchants, state and local food drives, and individuals. Since 2014, Nestlé Waters has supported the Food Bank with volunteers and product donations.
To date, the company’s Stamford-based employees have committed over 4,000 hours at the Food Bank and donated 12,050 pounds of food, enabling the Food Bank to provide over 10,040 meals to Connecticut families in need. This year, the company is challenging its employees nationwide to beat last year’s results: a record donation of over 44,000 pounds of food, or the equivalent to 37,000 meals nationally.
“Employees here in Stamford are ready to do their part, and have set their sights on collecting 6,000 pounds of food this year,” says Kristine Garberding, the company’s Executive Vice President of Human Resources. “Our work with The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County supports Nestlé’s commitment to enabling individuals and families to lead healthier and happier lives,” said Garberding. “We are incredibly proud of the generosity our employees demonstrate everyday across the country, and here in Stamford, giving so much to those in need, and helping to promote thriving and resilient communities where we live, work and operate.”
In addition to its ongoing volunteering and food donations, more than 38,000 bottles of Nestlé Waters’ brand water has been delivered to The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. For more information, please visit www.nestle-watersna.com.
About The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County
The Food Bank’s mission is to provide nutritious food to 97 non-profit organizations that feed low-income people in Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, and Wilton while seeking to raise awareness of, and promote action to combat, hunger in those communities.
About Nestlé Waters North America
Nestlé Waters North America provides people with an unrivaled portfolio of bottled waters for healthy hydration. Brands such as Nestlé® Pure Life®, Poland Spring®, Perrier®, and S. Pellegrino® have driven Nestlé Waters North America to be the third largest non-alcoholic beverage company by volume in the U.S. Based in Stamford, Connecticut with over 8,500 employees nationwide, Nestlé Waters is committed to reducing its environmental footprint across its operations. The company is also committed to creating shared value and being a good neighbor in the 140 communities where it operates in the U.S.
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