MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the World Food Programme, one out of six children in developing countries (roughly 100 million) is underweight, and 12.9 percent of developing countries' populations are undernourished. In an effort to help fight world hunger, global consulting firm Protiviti (www.protiviti.com) announced it has now provided a cumulative total of three million meals through its 'i on Hunger' initiative. Launched in November 2014 with the goal of providing one million meals through meal-packing events and other activities in which its employees volunteer to help, the initiative surpassed its original goal in June of 2015.
Leading up to today's milestone, Protiviti conducted 204 meal-packing, delivery, cooking and other food-related events in 55 cities where it has offices, which stretch across 21 countries: Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, The Netherlands, Oman, Peru, Qatar, Singapore, South Africa, the UAE, U.K. and U.S. Almost all of Protiviti's employees, together with volunteers from 187 of the firm's clients, have packed, cooked or delivered meals since the beginning of the i on Hunger program. The meals have been delivered to people in 31 countries.
"We set out to have an impact on the fight against hunger about 20 months ago, and I could have never anticipated the level of dedication of our employees and many of our clients around the globe. I'm proud of our firm for the heart they have put behind this initiative, and the teamwork they've shown in providing meals for the hungry," said Joseph Tarantino, president and CEO, Protiviti. "Three million meals is a milestone that demonstrates the passion of Protiviti people, and together, we'll continue to fight global hunger."
"We greatly appreciate the work done by the 81 non-profit organizations we've partnered with to provide over three million meals. Their support has been a key factor in impacting the lives of so many people in need," said Dan O'Keefe, a senior managing director with Protiviti and the firm's i on Hunger leader. "Our motto is 'Hunger doesn't stop, and neither do we.' Now, on to the next million meals!"
During the i on Hunger campaign, Protiviti has collaborated with non-profit organizations such as: Capital Area Food Bank, Caritas, City Harvest, Feed My Starving Children, Feeding Children Everywhere, Food Lifeline, Harvester's Foodbank, Philabundance, Ronald McDonald House, Stop Hunger Now and World Vision.
"I'd like to recognize Protiviti for this exciting achievement, and to thank them for their ongoing commitment to ending hunger worldwide. Protiviti is a true champion in the fight to end hunger," said Rod Brooks, president and CEO of Stop Hunger Now.
On Monday, August 8th, Protiviti conducted a meal-packing event in Chicago, packing 55,088 meals with Protiviti executives and local employees. Together, 162 Protiviti volunteers worked with non-profit Stop Hunger Now (www.stophungernow.org) to pack nutritious meals bound for people in need in Uganda. The Chicago team's efforts helped push the firm's grand total to 3,029,627 meals.
To track Protiviti's progress in continuing to provide meals for those struggling with hunger, please visit: ionhunger.com.
Protiviti (www.protiviti.com) is a global consulting firm that helps companies solve problems in finance, technology, operations, governance, risk and internal audit, and has served more than 60 percent of Fortune 1000® and 35 percent of Fortune Global 500®companies. Protiviti and its independently owned Member Firms serve clients through a network of more than 70 locations in over 20 countries. The firm also works with smaller, growing companies, including those looking to go public, as well as with government agencies.
Protiviti is not licensed or registered as a public accounting firm and does not issue opinions on financial statements or offer attestation services.
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