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Feeding Children Everywhere Brings Mission to Columbia

Social charity partners with Southeastern Freight Lines to package 40,000 meals.

LEXINGTON, S.C. (January 18, 2017) Today, Orlando-based non-profit, Feeding Children Everywhere shared their mission of empowering and mobilizing volunteers to assemble healthy meals for hungry children to Columbia, South Carolina. Southeastern Freight Lines, a leader in regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, hosted a hunger project, preparing 40,000 meals to be donated to local Harvest Hope Food Bank.

Formed in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Feeding Children Everywhere has grown from a movement conceived around a dining room table to a social charity with a far-reaching impact, mobilizing more than 421,000 volunteers to package 62 million healthy meals for hungry children in 49 countries around the world.

The local hunger project will provide 40,000 healthy meals for hungry children in the community, consisting of lentils, white rice, dehydrated vegetables and pink Himalayan salt. Feeding Children Everywhere works directly with a nutritionist to honor their commitment to provide the healthiest meal possible to children around the world. They provided all of the materials and set up for the hunger project to create an assembly line for volunteers to work together efficiently and make a difference in their community.

“It is truly a dynamic experience to witness,” said Brad Fleming, strategic partnerships manager, Feeding Children Everywhere. “The music is booming, lentils are flying and a sea of Southeastern volunteers in hairnets, transcending across age, race, gender and department are working together to make a tangible difference in the fight against global hunger, with a specific focus on their local community.”

The hunger project was the first “Southeastern Serves” campaign for Southeastern Freight Lines in 2017. The Southeastern Serves program is dedicated to giving back to communities across Southeastern’s footprint by having associates of all levels get involved with providing for the less fortunate.

“Southeastern places a high priority on giving back,” said Mike Heaton, senior vice president, Southeastern Freight Lines. “Feeding Children Everywhere allows us the opportunity to serve and engage employees in the cause, providing meals for those at risk in our local community. We encourage other businesses to get involved and make an impact on global hunger.”

In 2016, Southeastern recruited 881 volunteers and logged 2,800 total hours of community service across the Southeast, ranging from volunteering at food drives and soup kitchens, to providing school supplies and doing yard work.


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