ith 1 in 8 Americans struggling with hunger, food banks are in constant need of food and volunteers to be able to fulfill the overwhelming requests of individuals and families who experience limited or uncertain availability of food.1 Mallinckrodt employees answered the call, with teams and individuals across the U.S. dedicating time to local hunger-relief organizations during the company’s second annual global month of service, an initiative that encourages employees to volunteer with local organizations to make a positive change in their community.
Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank
Mallinckrodt volunteers set a new record with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, filling 900 food backpacks in under four hours. The backpacks are distributed to children at schools throughout the area every Friday, often serving as the only source of nourishment for them – and, sometimes, their families – over the weekend.
Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin
Mallinckrodt employees spent a day at the Second Harvest Foodbank where they sorted and repackaged items to be distributed to food pantries across southern Wisconsin. With each volunteer hour translating to feeding approximately 70 families, the combined effort yielded more than 2,000 meals.
“It’s easy to talk about the idea of volunteering, but sometimes it’s challenging to carve out the time. We’re all grateful for the opportunity to give back to those who are struggling,” said Allen Comer, Director of Research and Development.
Food Outreach and St. Louis Area Food Bank
Multiple teams of employees dedicated time to Food Outreach, a St. Louis-based organization that serves people battling cancer and HIV/AIDS. In addition to prepared meals and groceries, the organization also offers dietetic counseling and nutrition education.
Mallinckrodt volunteers helped on-site chefs with food prep, cooking and stocking meals into portioned containers. Some of the volunteers worked in the Food Outreach store, helping to fulfill orders for visiting patients and caregivers.
“Food Outreach was an amazing resource for my mother when she was struggling with cancer treatments,” said Angela Cody, Mallinckrodt’s Senior Manager of Inclusion & Diversity, who organized the volunteer effort. “The experience left everyone feeling a little more connected to the community, and served as a reminder to be grateful for what you have.”
In addition, other teams spent time volunteering at The St. Louis Area Foodbank, one of the region’s largest food distribution charities serving 26 counties in Missouri and Illinois by distributing food to more than 392,000 people every year.
“Feed My Sheep” Thanksgiving Drive
While many employees volunteered through organized teams, others chose to pursue their own path with a favorite charitable organization. Rubin Benjamin, a member of Mallinckrodt’s field sales team, participated in a Thanksgiving food basket drive at Beluah First Baptist Church in Detroit. He worked with other volunteers to assemble food baskets that were distributed to the needy before Thanksgiving.
For more information about each organization, please visit:
• Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank (Baton Rouge) – https://brfoodbank.org/
• Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin (Madison) – https://www.secondharvestmadison.org/
• Food Outreach (St. Louis) – http://foodoutreach.org/
• The St. Louis Area Foodbank – https://stlfoodbank.org/
To learn more about Mallinckrodt’s corporate responsibility efforts visit http://mallinckrodt.com/corporate-responsibility.