Applied Materials Employees Donate Millions of Meals
It is both humbling and inspiring to help distribute groceries to local community members who have limited access to healthy, nutritious food. Families stood in long lines, ready with bags and carts to carry away the boxes of donated staples. They were grateful for the items, eager to add fruits and vegetables to their baskets, and interested in receiving recipes explaining how to use the products in new and tasty dishes.
For many clients of Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties in California, the food provided through nonprofit partners and programs like Family Harvest and Brown Bag is the primary source of nutritious food for children, families and seniors. Receiving a gift of food means they may not have to choose between paying for medicines or buying groceries. It can mean biting into a fresh apple rather than opening a can of fruit. It may also allow a parent to offer his toddler fresh vegetables, healthy protein or a glass of milk at dinner time.
Applied Materials and our employees have a long tradition of working with food banks to help alleviate hunger through the company’s annual Food Drive. We are honored to partner with local organizations addressing food insecurity issues in areas where we have facilities. We are proud that our 2015 Food Drive raised $1.6 million for 40 food banks across the country thanks to employee generosity and matching funds from the Applied Materials Foundation. That’s enough to provide at least 3.2 million meals to hungry families.
Having distributed food to those in need and seen first-hand the gratitude of Food Bank clients, I know our donations are improving lives and making a positive contribution to our communities.