Volkswagen’s Maricopa location will be among six sites where employees will team up with volunteers from Generosity Feeds to create 35,000 meals for schoolchildren Tuesday.
“We are thrilled to work with Generosity Feeds to pack meals for those in need as part of our Volkswagen Group of America Get Involved Summer of Service,” said Machelle Williams, senior director of Diversity & CSR for VWGoA.
The Get Involved push started with a Get Involved Week in 2015 that grew into a Get Involved Month in 2016. The inaugural Get Involved Summer was 2017, when 450 employees volunteered 1,400 hours of community service. That included assembling 5,000 meals with the nonprofit organization Generosity Feeds.
“What is so important about Generosity Feeds is that the meals our employees pack go directly to schools and food pantries in the immediate community to support local families. It’s rewarding knowing that our efforts will directly help those in need in our own VWGoA communities across the country,” Williams said.
Generosity Feeds is based in Williamsburg, Virginia.
“We are so grateful to our friends at Volkswagen for partnering with us in this nationwide effort,” said Ron Klabunde, founder and CEO of Generosity Feeds. “Employees from these six sites share an incredible amount of talent and heart. Together, they’ll make a significant, positive difference in every community they touch this summer.”
Besides the Maricopa location on Murphy Road, participating Volkswagen sites are in Belmont, California; Fort Worth, Texas; Herndon, Virginia; Hillsboro, Oregon; and Libertyville, Illinois.
The meals packed in July will be distributed to local children through schools and food pantries.
“A culinary chef created these meals to be nutritious, satisfying and delicious, with sustainable sources of protein and fiber,” said Klabunde. “We’ve come up with a formula that assembles and distributes these meals quickly and efficiently.”