CHICAGO, Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- JLL and ezCater announced today they are joining forces with Feeding America® to expand CaterCares, a program created in 2016 to help end childhood hunger. CaterCares (www.catercares.com) converts a percentage of online catering sales to cash donations that provide food for children and families in need. The program has already funded more than 100,000 meals. The collaboration with Feeding America® provides the scale needed to take the program nationwide and make an even bigger impact.
Lori Mabardi, JLL East Region Senior Vice President of Research, pioneered the concept and presented it to JLL leadership, who immediately grasped its potential.
"JLL turned my ambitious idea into reality and empowered us all to make a meaningful difference in our community," said Mabardi. "My personal ambition has always been to go big in the area of childhood hunger and mobilize corporate America behind our nation's children. It's been an honor to work with our leadership to turn an idea into action – and watch our clients and colleagues so enthusiastically jump at the opportunity to make a difference."
Jay Koster, JLL Group Head of Americas Capital Markets & Investor Services, said supporting the initiative was an easy decision. "We have nearly 24,000 people in 117 offices nationwide and clients in 180 million square feet of managed office space who want to make a difference. We had a unique opportunity to empower our employees and tenants to become part of the solution to childhood hunger – and they have jumped at the chance. We welcome our clients, partners and employees to join us on our journey to 1 million meals for children in need."
"The national collaboration between JLL, ezCater, and now Feeding America, attacks hunger everywhere it exists," added Stefania Mallett, Co-Founder and CEO at ezCater. "The combined strengths of our three dramatically different firms has led to something remarkable. We're proud to be part of CaterCares, and hope many other companies use it to fight hunger in their own communities."
More than 41 million people in the United States face hunger, including 13 million children. Using CaterCares, a typical $250 catering order provides 113 meals that are distributed locally through Feeding America's nationwide network of over 200 food banks.
"Childhood hunger is an issue that affects every single county in the country. We are excited to work with JLL and ezCater through their CaterCares program to create awareness with their customers around the issue of hunger while helping families in need," said Nancy Curby, Senior Vice President, Corporate Partnerships & Operations at Feeding America. "We are grateful to partner with a program that is working to find creative ways to raise awareness and give back."
The 100,000 meals created to date were generated by less than 30 companies that became early users of the program. Acadian Asset Management, which specializes in active global and international equity strategies, was one of the first companies to join the effort. Since then, it has been one of its most active users, having placed hundreds of orders and having contributed several thousand meals.
"Acadian has always worked to partner with organizations in the greater Boston area to give people the resources to change their lives for the better," said Mayuri Patel, Office/Facilities Coordinator at Acadian Asset Management. "Participating in the CaterCares program has been effortless…giving us access to a larger group of restaurants as well as streamlining our billing process. As a company that orders catering almost every day, knowing that we are also helping to feed the children of Boston makes every order impactful."
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About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the Unites States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.