Excel Packaging has made a firm commitment to regularly make time to come together to give back. Most recently, we hosted our second annual Pack it Forward Event. We partnered again with Kids Around the World and their OneMeal mobile food-packing program to host our second annual Pack it Forward event, a fun volunteer opportunity for the whole team. We also invited friends, family, neighbors, and other members of the community to join us for a morning of fun, high-energy meal-packing! Outside of the Excel Packaging team, 21 community members volunteered alongside us! It was so heart-warming to see so many of our friends join us and donate their time as well.
The day began with setting up our assembly lines just outside of the Excel building. Once everything was all set up, our event host from Kids Around the World gave us our instructions for packing these much-needed meals. We then put on our hairnets and some energizing music, and began packing!
The meals we packed consist of rice and soy mix fortified with 21 vitamins and minerals, as well as 6 dehydrated vegetables and seasoning. This soy (52% protein) and nutrient rich formula reverses the starvation process and its effects. The OneMeal program at Kids Around the World partners with key global organizations to distribute these meals to children in need. The meals Excel & friends packed will be going to South Africa, where they will be distributed to trusted partners that serve 112 preschools and feed 12,000 kids per day! Our event host from Kids Around the World recalled his first time seeing these meals distributed: “It was an incredible experience that I will never forget. The kids were so grateful for what would be a sad, small, side-dish for our American standards. But they were so joyful and thankful.”
After two hours, we had reached our goal and packed 10,000 meals! Having lots of hands on deck sure made it easier to reach that goal. It also helped that at both of our assembly lines, some volunteers stepped up to optimize the packing process in a light-hearted competitive spirit! At the end of the event, we weren’t sure which assembly line “won” but we sure felt satisfied knowing the meals we packed would soon be on their way to South Africa to feed needy children.
Excel generously provided lunch for all our volunteers after the event–as well as a hearty thank you to Kids Around the World and everyone who came out! We hope to see you again next year and keep the annual Pack it Forward event going strong.
Excel Packaging is so proud of our team and community members for dedicating their time to help give back to those in need. It’s all part of our mission to positively impact our community, by every now and then taking time out of our busy schedules to come together and volunteer.