Crystal D Packs 22,460 Meals for Charity
On September 22, St. Paul, Minnesota-based Crystal D, a leading supplier of corporate awards and plaques, packed 22,460 meals for starving children around the world.
Each year the Crystal D facility closes for part of a work day so that employees can pack meals at a local nonprofit organization called Feed My Starving Children. By donating two hours of packing-time the Crystal D employees made enough meals to feed 62 children for one year.
The meals were designed by Minnesota food scientists to meet the nutritional needs of a 4-to-8-year-old malnourished child. They are specifically tailored to fulfill a child’s nutritional needs for one day using nutrient-rich dehydrated vegetables, soy, rice and chicken flavoring. The meals are shipped to nearly 70 countries around the world.
In addition to donating their time, some employees also donated financially to the organization. All financial donations were completely voluntary.
“Making meals for those less fortunate fills me with immense gratitude and compassion,” said Jen Contreras, customer service and art department manager. “Packing meals has an overwhelming impact on our team. To feel the energy in the room, and see the emotion on people's faces, is an amazing and humbling experience. After all, how often do we get to go to bed at night knowing that we spent our day saving the lives of children in need?”
About Feed My Starving Children
Feed My Starving Children is a local nonprofit organization committed to reducing the number of starving children throughout the world. They collaborate with relief organizations worldwide to distribute highly nutritious dry meals. In 2007, more than 185,000 volunteers packed more than 43 million meals.
Crystal D has been a leading supplier of corporate awards to the promotional products industry for more than 15 years. The company offers more than 1000 awards and plaques, seven imprint processes and eight substrates. Crystal D maximizes technology to communicate with promotional product consultants via a highly functional website and an online order tracking system.