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Boeing employees provide nearly 900,000 meals to fight hunger

Employee contributions and Boeing gift matches support Emergency Food Network, Food Lifeline and Northwest Harvest

April 28, 2017 in Our Community

Boeing employees and site drive reps Jennifer Sales (left) and Kendra Kelly (right) beam as they stand next to the pallets of donations gathered at Boeing’s Auburn site.

Megan Harper

Every spring Boeing employees work together to replenish area food banks that often run low after the busy holiday season.  Across Boeing Puget Sound sites in April, employees joined together to donate food and dollars for local nonprofit partners Emergency Food Network and Northwest Harvest.

“The timing of the food and essentials drive couldn't be better,” said Helen McGovern-Pilant, Executive Director of Emergency Food Network.  “School will be out and the families of the 60,000 children who receive free or reduced lunch will be relying even more on our food bank partners.”

“There are always neighbors in need, and it’s easy to forget about that as we go through our day to day lives,” said Boeing employee Jennifer Sales, who helped coordinate the drive at Boeing’s site in Auburn. “For me, Boeing drives like Food and Essentials provide a way to focus some effort on those situations and come together with co-workers to make a real impact in the very areas that we live and work.”

2017 Food and Essentials by the numbers:

  • 44,740 pounds of non-perishable food and essentials donated by Boeing employees in Puget Sound
  • Over $155,000 in employee contributions and Boeing gift matches provided to the Emergency Food Network, Food Lifeline and Northwest Harvest
  • Total Boeing giving will provide nearly 900,000 meals to help fight hunger scarcity in our communities

By Paul Bergman & Deborah Feldman