Now, Broadcom is sponsoring a new permanent home for the nonprofit in Bangalore, India, a strategic location for ending malnutrition on a global basis. The Bangalore facility will be the first center in India and will work closely with schools to provide the nutrition that children need to learn.
To celebrate the opening of the new facility, Broadcom and SanDisk have partnered to host the first meal packaging event at the Broadcom Bangalore office. This week, more than 150 employee volunteers packaged more than 45,000 meals that will be distributed throughout India in schools, medical clinics and orphanages.
“Because our employees volunteer at local Bangalore schools including Project LOTUS, we are gratified that Stop Hunger Now works closely with schools as a point of food distribution to young people,” said Paula Golden, President and Executive Director, Broadcom Foundation and Director, Community Affairs, Broadcom. “India is home to Broadcom’s largest group of employees outside of the U.S., and we believe that this program will have a vital impact throughout India.”
Established in 1998, Stop Hunger Now distributes food and other lifesaving aid to children and families around the world. Through its community-supported packaging program, volunteers assemble meals that are then distributed around the world to development programs that promote education, encourage children to attend school and improve health and nutrition. Stop Hunger Now facilitates meal packaging programs in more than 15 countries, including South Africa, Malaysia, the Philippines and Italy.
The new Stop Hunger Now facility in Bangalore, with support from other corporate partners including Cisco Systems and SanDisk, will serve as the hub for the relief group’s efforts in India. It’s a central location where the group will stock and store meal components, train staff and volunteers, respond to natural disasters and lead educational programs about hunger and nutrition.
The location plans to pack and distribute 1 million meals by the end of 2015 and begin expanding into other regions in India.
Broadcom Foundation regularly partners with Stop Hunger Now to host meal packaging events in the U.S. In 2014, 600 Broadcom employees packaged 151,000 meals for underserved families through Stop Hunger Now. More meal-packaging events are in the works for 2015, with one planned for later this month in Santa Clara, Calif.