House of Raeford Farms' associates in Rose Hill and Wallace, N.C., packed meals for the group Stop Hunger Now, reaching a goal of 30,000 meals destined for school children in Haiti. This is the second consecutive year the poultry company's Faithful Love Offering for Christ's Kingdom (FLOCK) team has helped the international hunger relief agency.
The event was held on August 10 and attracted more than 60 volunteers from House of Raeford's two local chicken processing plants and live production operations. In addition to the volunteer work, House of Raeford and its employees contributed $7,500 to offset the cost of ingredients. The meals are made up of dehydrated, high-protein, highly nutritious grains and vegetables, and are primarily distributed to school children in more than 65 countries.
"Our FLOCK employee team in this local community had such a good experience with this event in 2012, that it was easy to decide to get involved again", said Dave Witter, manager of sustainability and communications for House of Raeford Farms. "Every time we see a hungry child it reminds us of why we need to get involved in outreach efforts like this one."
The partnership with Stop Hunger Now came to realization through House of Raeford Farms FLOCK, a nonprofit organization founded by the company. FLOCK responsibly stewards and distributes its resources to help meet needs with House of Raeford Farms' associates, community residents and other organizations with like-minded objectives.
In the recently completed fiscal year 2013, House of Raeford, one of the top 10 poultry processors in the United States, distributed more than 150,000 pounds of chicken and turkey in four southeastern states. Recipients included local food banks and other feeding programs, as well as fundraising events that benefitted persons with critical needs.