Mallinckrodt Commercial Teams Get Their Hands Dirty to Help the Hungry

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October is Mallinckrodt’s Global Month of Service, a company-wide initiative encouraging employees to give back to our local communities through volunteer and fundraising events.

As we move further in to the autumn season in the United States, the holidays Americans celebrate are marked with a central theme of abundance, historically linked an agricultural tradition of enjoying the end of the harvesting season with a feast of one’s labor from the year. However, for many in U.S. that face the reality of food insecurity, they cannot share in this tradition. Not only is there a need to address the insufficient quantity of food, but the nutritional quality of the food they are eating becomes even more important.

On October 18, employees from our Autoimmune and Rare Disease (ARD) group in our Bedminster, NJ office gathered to support America’s Grow-a-Row in Pittstown, NJ. America’s Grow-a-Row is a non-profit organization whose mission is to positively impact as many lives as possible through volunteer efforts including the planting, picking, rescuing and delivering fresh produce to those facing hunger. They also seek to educate the public about how farming and healthy eating contribute the long-term sustainability of our environment.

The MNK ARD team harvested 5,000 pounds of potatoes and peppers. That produce will provide 20,000 servings of farm fresh produce for so many struggling with food insecurity. This produce will be donated to hunger-relief agencies throughout New Jersey, New York City and eastern Pennsylvania. “The event was a great way for the team to connect with each other while gaining awareness of those who are struggling with a lack of proper nutrition. It is very rewarding to be able to make a positive impact in our community”, said Claire Simonds, Administrative Coordinator.

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Jacqui Witte, Programming and Development at America’s Grow-a-Row was delighted with how the day went, “I hope each of the volunteers walked away from the fields today understanding the impact they made. Providing fresh fruits and vegetables to those who do not have access can be life changing. Their hard work and willingness to give up a couple hours of your day will not only help to fill the bellies of so many, but will also help to provide a healthier life for the people we support. We are so thankful for your time spent with us.”

To learn more about America’s Grow-a-Row and their mission to fight hunger, visit their website at https://www.americasgrowarow.org/.

Check back here all throughout the month of October for more stories about how #MNKGivesBack to our local communities.