Protiviti’s i on Hunger initiative, to ease global hunger, delivered its 3 millionth meal in less than two years of operation. The programme, run by the firm’s global professional body as well as support from 187 clients and 81 non-profit organisations, reached people in need in 31 countries.
One in six children in developing countries – around 100 million – are underweight, while 12.9% of people in developing countries are undernourished, finds the United Nations’ World Food Programme. Every night, one in seven people around the world goes to bed hungry, while per week, 45% of adults will have one night during which they do not have enough food.
In a bid to reduce hunger for people around the world, the ‘i on Hunger’ initiative was launched by consulting firm Protiviti in near the end of 2014. The aim of the initiative has been to provide meals to hungry people across the globe. The programme, through 204 “meal-packing, delivery, cooking and other food-related events” across 21 countries and 55 cities has resulted in the delivery of more than 3 million meals to people in 31 countries – far outside the initial goal of 1 million meals within a year.
The efforts by the firm’s staff, the firm has 3,500 professionals across its global operation, as well as volunteers from 187 of the firm’s clients, were supported by 81 non-profit organisations supporting those in need with food. Non-profits supporting the campaign have included Capital Area Food Bank, Caritas, City Harvest, Feed My Starving Children, Feeding Children Everywhere, Food Lifeline, Harvester’s Foodbank, Philabundance, Ronald McDonald House, Stop Hunger Now and World Vision.
“We greatly appreciate the work done by the 81 non-profit organisations we’ve partnered with to provide over three million meals. Their support has been a key factor in impacting the lives of so many people in need,” says Dan O’Keefe, a Senior Managing Director with Protiviti and the firm’s i on Hunger leader. “Our motto is ‘Hunger doesn’t stop, and neither do we.’ Now, on to the next million meals!”
"We set out to have an impact on the fight against hunger about 20 months ago, and I could have never anticipated the level of dedication of our employees and many of our clients around the globe. I’m proud of our firm for the heart they have put behind this initiative, and the teamwork they’ve shown in providing meals for the hungry,” says Joseph Tarantino, President and CEO, Protiviti. "Three million meals is a milestone that demonstrates the passion of Protiviti people, and together, we’ll continue to fight global hunger.”
Last year Protiviti's i on Hunger’ programme won, in recognition of its value to the wider society, the ‘Excellence in Social & Community Investment Award’ from Consulting Magazine.