SAIC employees raise money for Feeding America
Hunger affects 41 million people in almost every community across the country. For the sixth consecutive year, SAIC joined forces with Feeding America® to provide food to those who are struggling with hunger.
For every dollar raised, Feeding America provides 10 meals to those facing hunger. Over the past six years, we have made more than $1.1 million dollars in employee donations and corporate matching funds, resulting in over 11 million meals provided to those facing hunger.
“Through our collaboration with Feeding America, we can help make a real difference in our communities,” said Tom Wofford, senior vice president for internal audit and the executive sponsor of the yearly event. “This is a way for us to give back and make a difference not just at the local level, but at the national level as well.”
Feeding America is the nation's largest hunger relief network, made up of food banks, food pantries, and meal programs. Each year they serve 46 million people, including 12 million children, 5 million seniors, and veterans, who are in one of five households they serve.
Employees take action during Hunger Action Month
Feeding America hosts Hunger Action Month™ every September to raise awareness. Our employees rise to the challenge to raise awareness and funds by hosting various fundraising events that include bake sales, ice cream socials, silent auctions, and happy hours.
In September 2019, SAIC employees raised over $100,000. When combined with our corporate contribution, we were able to provide more than 2 million meals to people in need across the country.
Employees also volunteer at local food banks and pantries, where they clean and package fresh produce for immediate distribution, sort and box food donations, and assemble food packages for various food assistance programs. They also meet with the staff and learn more about how the program serves the local community.
“SAIC represents the perfect trifecta in support of our mission and programs providing food, funds, and friendship/volunteering,” said Christel Hair, senior director of strategic partnerships and community engagement with the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), one of Feeding America’s network partners serving metropolitan Washington, D.C.
For our efforts, CAFB recognized us as a Corporate Volunteer Awardee in 2018. “SAIC has a group of committed citizens who are aware of hunger as a problem for our neighbors and work with us closely on resolving these issues by donating food and money and packing food for distribution coupled with our nutrition education,” Hair added.
Fighting hunger is part of SAIC’s culture of giving back
SAIC’s Citizenship & Community Engagement program builds upon the talent, creativity, and passion of our employees and their families, as we give back to our local communities. We build partnerships with nonprofit organizations that serve causes that matter to our employees: military and veterans, community wellbeing, STEM education, and environment and sustainability. From volunteering, fundraising, walking and cycling to raising awareness to mentoring, we invite our employees with many opportunities to get involved.