WESTMINSTER, Massachusetts (October 16, 2015) – As part of its commitment to helping people in need and strengthening local communities, over 100 employees from Tyco’s Westminster facility volunteered today to package nearly 25,000 meals to help the region’s food pantries feed hungry families this winter.
The ‘Heroes Against Hunger’ event was held in the Tyco Westminster facility’s cafeteria, in partnership with the United Way of North Central Massachusetts Volunteer Center and Outreach Inc.’s Kids Care, a nonprofit organization that provides the meal packaging program at host locations across the United States.
This marked the third time that Tyco has brought employee volunteers together to prepare packaged meals, for distribution to 13 food pantries in Gardner, Templeton, Winchendon, Fitchburg, Leominster, Devens, Townsend and Pepperell.
Friday’s event was held in conjunction with World Food Day, a day of action when people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime.
“This is a terrific event for our employees and the caring people and agencies that work so hard to fight hunger in our region,” said Chris Woodcock, Director, Marketing Communications at Tyco SimplexGrinnell. “Our employees find it inspiring to be involved in helping the Heroes Against Hunger program and in supporting Tyco’s commitment to give back to the communities where we live, work and do business.”
“Heroes Against Hunger events have made a significant impact on food pantry supplies in the North Central Massachusetts region,” said Fran Longton, volunteer coordinator for United Way Volunteer Center. “This event was especially exciting because the United Way reached the 300,000 mark for meals packaged at Heroes Against Hunger events. The generous sponsorship of Tyco SimplexGrinnell made it possible for the goal to be achieved.”
Two separate shifts of Tyco employees, helped by local community volunteers and students and staff from Leominster Public School’s Center for Technical Education, worked in teams of 12 to assemble, package, seal and box nutritious meals of rice and beans and macaroni and cheese.
“We are thrilled to support the United Way and Kids Care with the great work they are doing,” said Tyco SimplexGrinnell President Bob Chauvin. “Participation in the Heroes Against Hunger program is just one example of what Tyco does – across North America and the around the globe – to support safer, smarter and healthier communities.”