Nearly 800 million people around the world lack the nutrition they need to lead a healthy life. To help in the fight against global hunger and malnutrition, U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) teamed up with Kraft Heinz CEO Bernardo Hees and board vice chairman John Cahill, along with other members of Congress, on March 28, to package life-saving meals for families in need at the Reserve Officers Association in Washington, D.C.

Among the approximately 100 participants in attendance, members of Congress and congressional staffers worked alongside several leading food, agricultural and hunger-relief organizations to package more than 7,500 meals, which will be distributed through Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organization that delivers food and aid to the world’s most vulnerable populations.

“Together, we can end global hunger,” said Hees. “We are deeply thankful that so many U.S. leaders in the food and agricultural space were willing to join us in this effort.”

The event was part of an international commitment on behalf of Kraft Heinz to fight global hunger. The company also announced that it would donate 1 billion nutritious meals to people in need by 2021.

Attendees at the Kraft Heinz and Rise Against Hunger event in D.C. also included:

  • U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-Missouri), Tom Carper (D-Delaware), Steve Daines (R-Montana), Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina)
  • U.S. Representatives Rodney Davis (R-Illinois), Danny Davis (D-Illinois), Jim McGovern (D-Massachusetts), Jim Costa (D-California)
  • Hunger-relief organizations The Congressional Hunger Center, Alliance to End Hunger, Food & Friends, Share our Strength, World Food Programme
  • Trade associations Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), National Coffee Association (NCA), Food Marketing Institute (FMI), National Grocers Association (NGA), North American Meat Association (NAMI), National Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing (NACS)

Rise Against Hunger meals are packaged through community or corporate-sponsored meal packaging programs like the event at the Capital. For more than a decade, the Kraft Heinz Micronutrient Campaign has sponsored the development and distribution of micronutrient powders that deliver essential vitamins, minerals and iron when stirred or mixed into children’s foods. These nutritious, easy-to-use powders are manufactured by The Kraft Heinz Company and have been proven effective in preventing and treating iron-deficiency anemia, and other vitamin and mineral deficiencies.