In September, we celebrate Hunger Action Month, a campaign founded by Perficient partner Feeding America that aims to spread the word and aid in relieving food insecurity.
This year, we not only continued our support of HAM, we expanded our support globally. The Perficient Giving ERG hosted a friendly competition, challenging Perficient offices across the globe to make an impact by donating non-perishable food to local shelters. The offices that made the biggest impact would qualify for special recognition and coveted bragging rights as the 2023 HAM Champions.
We previously shared blogs recapping how our colleagues in India and the United States made a difference in the fight against food insecurity. Today, let’s take a look at our Latin America colleagues’ HAM efforts.
Colombia (Bogotá, Cali and Medellín)
Our team in Colombia partnered with three different non-profit organizations that operate in the main cities of Bogotá, Cali and Medellín. The Colombia team collected 478 pounds of non-perishable food that will be sent to their non-profit partner organizations. In addition to the donations, children from a non-profit organization in Gente Unida, a nonprofit providing vulnerable kids with care, food, and shelter, visited the Medellín office to receive their donations learn more about Perficient. While only five children attended, there are more than 170 children at this organization that are benefitting of the donations collected.
The motivation to help people in need is contagious, and the Perficient team in Chile committed to this initiative as part of Perficient’s first global HAM campaign. Our colleagues were eager to contribute to the global HAM effort, and they even had the opportunity to recommend and vote on the local organization they would support. The team selected a food bank that supports homeless people and high-risk communities. Altogether, colleagues in Chile donated a total of 110 pounds of non-perishable food items.
Colleagues in Uruguay also had a detailed voting process to determine which association would receive donations. Colleagues could choose from three suggested organizations. After the vote, the office selected the Los Niños de la Calle (the children of the street), an organization dedicated to distributing food and winter clothing to those experiencing homelessness. In addition to donating 176 pounds of non-perishable food, the team cooked meals for 60 people.
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Our Mexico colleagues enthusiastically provided in-kind donations to support those in need during HAM. The Monterrey office donated their food items to Hambre Cero Nuevo Leon: Una Causa Para Todos (Hunger Zero Nuevo León: A Cause for Everyone), an initiative created by the government of Nuevo León with the purpose of benefiting 430,000 people. The cause supports actions from many angles, including preparing food pantries for distribution, providing hot means to those in poverty three times a week, direct food assistance to impoverished families, and assisting civil organizations in providing groceries and basic food items.
Perficient Colleagues Fight Hunger on a Global Scale
Perficient colleagues continue to show passion for helping those in need. With over 7,500 colleagues globally, we continue to branch out and extend the support we can give.
The third blog in our series about HAM will cover colleague efforts in the United States. For now, please take a look at the slideshow below of our Latin America colleagues supporting their communities.
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