Employees Pack 66,000 Boxes to Help End Hunger
It was truly a sight to see more than 200 of our employees and their families all gathered at Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties on Saturday morning. What were they all doing? Packing 6,000 boxes of nutritious meals at Applied Materials' 18th annual Helping Hands Day for delivery to individuals and families in need in Silicon Valley during the holidays.
The event commenced to music ranging from groovy 70s to holiday tunes and volunteers- many donned with festive light-up reindeer noses- boogied and pranced their way into 12 assembly lines where the food packing began. Just over two hours later, employees and their familes had packed approximately more than 100,000 pounds of food, which when combined wth supplemental fresh produce, tortillas, milk and poultry, equates to approximately 179,385 meals! Since Applied first-hosted the annual event back in 1995, a staggering 66,000 boxes of food have been packed, improving countless lives in the community and ensuring one less day of hunger for those in need.
Also joining the reindeers and box packers that morning was Bob Halliday, Senior VP and CFO of Applied Materials and this year's Food Drive Champion, and Mary Humiston, VP of HR, Communications and Public Affairs and Second Harvest Food Bank Board Member, who welcomed participants old and new and remarked on the incredible outpouring of support our employees consistently demonstrate year-over-year through the annual food drive.
Second Harvest CEO Kathy Jackson was also on-hand to stress the ever-present hunger needs right here in our own backyard.
Applied Materials has a long-standing relationship with Second Harvest- together with matching funds from the Applied Materials Foundation and our generous employees, we've helped distribute over 17 million meals to the community since 1991!
Helping Hands is just one of the many employee events that make up Applied Materials' 2013 "Help Solve Hunger" Food Drive, an annual campaign supporting 37 food banks across the United States. Additional activities range from bake sales and pasta feeds to silent auctions and golf tournaments. Last year's efforts were valued at $1.1 million and enabled benefiting food banks to deliver 2 million meals in local communities.