Thousands of people in need were a little less hungry thanks to meals donated by AIG to the charitable organization Rise Against Hunger. This international hunger relief organization, formerly known as Stop Hunger Now, distributes food and aid to the world’s most vulnerable populations in an effort to end hunger by 2030.

Since the start of the year, colleagues in multiple U.S. cities representing Consumer, Commercial, Finance, Enterprise Risk Management and other AIG member companies and functions have participated in volunteer activities benefiting the charity.

In Woodland Hills, California, “the response was great,” says event organizer Carol Nelson, AIG Business Continuity Lead, about the tremendous turnout, which included support from local AIG Employee Resource Groups: the Young Professionals, the Latino Network and Women & Allies. Our Woodland Hills location largely houses AIG Consumer’s Individual Retirement teams. 

Within two hours, more than 60 volunteers had packaged 10,000 meals to be shipped to people in need of food. “Everyone stepped up to the plate,” says Carol. “It was great to see so many people from various departments coming together and showing the power of teamwork for a great cause.”

In Houston, more than 70 employees from Global Legal, Compliance, Regulatory and Government Affairs who support Consumer and Commercial in the Americas packaged meals for Rise Against Hunger to feed the hungry in Honduras. The volunteers included GLCR colleagues from California, Houston, New York, Connecticut and Tennessee.

Says Michele Kryger, AIG Senior Compliance Officer, Network Compliance, in Houston, “I can’t think of a more valuable way to spend an afternoon. We packed enough meals to feed 10,000 people while at the same time building closer ties with each other. This event was a huge and rewarding success for all involved.”

Other events this year to help Rise Against Hunger have been held in Boston, New York City, Brentwood (Tennessee) and Latham (New York).