One in three people in developing countries suffer from malnutrition including vitamin and mineral deficiencies – a staggering statistic that underscores the enormity of world hunger problem throughout the globe. The problem worsens when natural disasters like the Nepal Earthquakes strike, which result in lack of food and water.
The Broadcom Foundation is helping fight global hunger through a partnership with an international nonprofit Stop Hunger Now, that gives Broadcom employees a way to take action. Since 2012, employees have been teaming up at Broadcom offices to pack highly nutritious meals that include locally grown rice and spices, protein such as soy or dal and a packet of 23 essential vitamins and minerals for distribution to a family of four through local schools and community programs in a region of need.
With eight such events scheduled in the U.S. and more overseas in 2015, Broadcom employee volunteers are projected to package 245,000 meals, up from 151,794 last year.
In March, Stop Hunger Now opened its first permanent facility in India with support from Broadcom.
Sponsored by the Broadcom Foundation, more than 150 Broadcom employees in Bangalore packaged 45,000 meals that will be distributed through local partnerships to families in schools, medical clinics and orphanages.
One of these partners is Broadcom Bangalore’s Project LOTUS, a group of Broadcom employees driven to improve education for underprivileged children in local public schools. Project LOTUS personally distributed over 2,000 meals to four LOTUS-sponsored schools. Learn more about Project Lotus here.
Broadcom employees are also responding to help those affected by catastrophes such as the recent earthquakes in Nepal. Broadcom not only has donated to the International Medical Core (IMC), but 250 employees in India and Singapore have packaged 50,000 meals with Stop Hunger Now that will directly aid the victims in Nepal.
“Giving back is gratitude of what we have received,” said Christine Lee, Director of Supply Chain in Singapore. “The employees in Singapore had a great time doing something meaningful, many cheering as Stop Hunger Now’s traditional “gong” rang out each time a meal was packaged.”
“Hosting a meal packaging event during our Family Day underscores our corporate culture of caring to everyone, as we are all connected,” said Chunyi Li (Claire), Senior Manager of Industry Relations in China.