During these challenging times, it’s more important than ever to support each other. NES is a global company that aims to support the local communities in which we reside; here are some examples of our offices in the Americas helping out their local communities.
The Chicago team are supporting the Pegasus Education Foundation which is a not-for-profit organisation existing to provide resources to maintain and improve school programs, which is separate from the local school district. The foundation coordinates fundraising, advocacy, institutional partnerships and volunteer efforts.
Schools in the local community usually provide 265 children with meals for breakfast and lunch however, whilst they have been closed these children have been unable to receive these meals. The Pegasus Education Foundation has therefore been fundraising to keep these benefits going through to the 30th June, as a minimum. To help this worthy cause our Chicago office has donated towards meal vouchers for the children and their wider families in the local area.
The Calgary team are currently supporting Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (BB4CK) to help families provide for their kids and guarantee vulnerable families don’t become the accidental victims of this pandemic.
The BB4CK lunch program addresses food scarcity issues and supports all children and youth in need. If a kid is without access to an adequate, healthy lunch they make sure they are fed. Almost 5,000 kids are fed daily and this number grows every day. In light of COVID-19, the current strategy is to reach families by providing grocery gift cards to them directly, so they can purchase the food they need to care for their kids at home.
Because of the NES donations, the charity will be able to feed 100+ kids’ lunch and dinner for an entire week.
NES Sure Flow
The NES Sure Flow team have been working in partnership with their local school district, Northern Lights Public School, to support families in the local community through the “Alberta School Nutrition Grant” – a system set-up within the school to help families in need during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The School Division has made the "Food for Thought' program available to over 300 households each week. NES Sure Flow made a donation to cover 1 weeks’ worth of groceries which will support around for 55 local families in need and also donated 150 cloth grocery bags to help transport the food.
The programme started on April 21st and provides a prepared frozen meal plus other non-perishable food items delivered to families in need, and plans to run every Tuesday until the end of the school year.
Our team in California is partnering with The Volunteer Center in Torrance, to put together meals for families in the local area. The “Food for Kids” programme provides two days-worth of meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, for a family of four. The meals are given to those who are most in need.
Our team has been involved in packing up food bags for 125 children and their families and delivering them across the South Bay, Harbor and Long Beach areas.
Members of our California teams have also volunteered their time to other vital charities such as Surfrider Foundation Second Harvest Food Bank and the El Camino College “Warrior Food Party”. These charities dedicate themselves to cleaning our beaches and feeding local college students and communities respectively.
The Orlando office is participating in an ongoing volunteer programme with Seniors First, a local charity offering assistance to the elderly community which promotes independent living. The team are participating in their ‘Meals on Wheels’ programme and delivering meals to 5-10 individuals in need every week.
This vital programme helps the elderly to get the nutrition they need – helping them to feel more secure and less vulnerable.
Our team in Houston is supporting ‘Kids’ Meals’a local charity that supplies meals to underprivileged families. Since 2006, Kids’ Meals has been making and delivering free, healthy meals directly to the homes of hungry children. Since inception, they have given more than 6.7 million free meals to food-insecure children in 43 Houston-area zip codes. Kids’ Meals is a first-responder to children ages five years-old and under facing debilitating hunger due to extreme poverty. As of May 2020, they are delivering 7,000 meals every weekday.
They require 20 volunteers each day to pack meals for distribution as well as delivering these meals to the doorsteps of families in need. Many of our team in Houston are signed
up to volunteer and NES will be further supporting the charity through donations.
Well done to our teams in the Americas! Sometimes the smallest of actions can have the biggest of impacts in your local community – if you can offer help or support, consider what you can do to make this trying time more bearable for your community.