Unilever announced today that in 2012 they donated nearly $850,000 and 3 million pounds of product to Feeding America, the nation's leading hunger-relief organization, to help those who are struggling with hunger. The financial contribution comes from joint cause marketing programs and support from the Unilever United States Foundation.
A Mission Partner of Feeding America, Unilever, maker of some of America’s best loved brands, has contributed more than 20 million pounds of product over the past five years, including food and personal care items like Dove, Suave and Lipton, as well as $2.7 million to help Feeding America provide more food to people in need.
“Unilever is committed to fighting hunger in the US and improving the lives and wellbeing of the people in communities where we work and live. Our long-standing partnership with Feeding America underscores this commitment and supports Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan,” said Jonathan Atwood, Vice President, Sustainable Living and Corporate Communications for Unilever. Atwood added, “A number of our employees are volunteering at local food banks and donating to Unilever’s company-wide food bank drive which was held across three office locations and 23 manufacturing sites.”
Unilever has contributed to Feeding America through a variety of national cause-related marketing campaigns supported by notable Unilever brands including Hellmann’s, Ragu and Knorr. Currently, Unilever is supporting Feeding America through its Cross Off Hunger campaign helping to donate 2 million meals to Feeding America and raising awareness of items needed at local food banks. To learn more about the campaign and how you can make a difference, visit MakingLifeBetter.com.
In addition, The Unilever US Foundation is supporting Feeding America’s child hunger programs and providing food to children who may be facing hunger in communities where Unilever employees work and live. The Foundation is reaching children at times when they are most in need: in the summer, afterschool, at home, and over weekends and during school vacations. In 2012, the Unilever US Foundation helped support Feeding America’s child hunger programming by donating $225,000 with a portion of this gift providing 10, $20,000 grants to member food banks, enabling them to start, sustain or expand their child hunger-relief programs including Kids Cafe, BackPack, Afterschool Snack, School Pantry and the Summer Food Service Program.
“Unilever has emerged as a leader in corporate responsibility, working to continually improve the communities in which they work and helping to provide food to those struggling in our neighbourhoods,” said Bob Aiken, President and CEO of Feeding America. “For over two decades, Feeding America and Unilever have partnered in the fight to end hunger.”
Feeding America is a nationwide network of food banks feeding more than 37 million people each year through food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in communities nationwide.
About Feeding America
Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit http://www.feedingamerica.org. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.
About Unilever United States, Inc.
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of fast moving consumer goods with strong operations in more than 100 countries and sales in 190. Consumers buy 170 billion Unilever packs around the world every year, and our products are used over two billion times a day. In the United States the portfolio includes brand icons such as: Axe, Ben & Jerry’s, Bertolli, Breyers, Caress, Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy, Consort For Men, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Good Humor, Hellmann’s, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Just for Me!, Klondike, Knorr, Lever 2000, Lipton, Magnum, Motions, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond’s, Popsicle, Promise, Q-tips, Ragú, Simple, Skippy, Slim-Fast, Soft & Beautiful, St. Ives, Suave, tcb, TIGI, TRESemmé, Vaseline, and Wish-Bone. All of the preceding brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies.
Our ambition is to double the size of our business, while reducing our overall environmental impact (including sourcing, consumer use and disposal). We are also committed to doing what we can to improve health, nutrition and hygiene, with goals to help more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, as well as to source all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020. Supporting our three big goals are more than 50 time-based targets in the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.
Unilever employs more than 11,000 people in the United States – generating over $8 billion in sales in 2011. For more information, visit www.unileverusa.com.