Logistics North America (Jacksonville, Fla.) announced it has raised $275,000 in the U.S., Canada and Mexico during the first nine months of 2005 for the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP). These dollars were collected on behalf of WFP as part of a series of initiatives undertaken by TNT employees over the past three quarters. This is 25% higher than the amount raised during the same time in 2004.
TNT Logistics has made a long-term commitment to WFP. TNT and WFP launched a groundbreaking partnership in 2002 that is aimed at fighting world hunger. By teaming up with WFP, TNT is committed to sharing its resources and know-how in order to make a lifesaving difference. Every day millions of people go to bed hungry, yet the planet produces more than enough food to provide for its entire population. The problem is getting the food to the people who need it in emergency situations. Logistics is an essential weapon in the fight against hunger.
“In addition to financial support, logistics is a key area where TNT can contribute,” said Fred Griffiths, vice president of purchasing and disbursements, and team leader for WFP participation by TNT’s North American business unit. “As a global company, we’re able to help with emergency response and supply chain improvements in getting food collected and distributed to vital parts of the world.”
The dollars raised by TNT employees are earmarked for WFP’s Global School Feeding Campaign, which has been able to demonstrate the value of tying nutrition with education and health, producing long-term benefits for pupils, their families and the communities where they live. Through fundraising efforts and volunteer programs, TNT strives to raise cash and awareness for this campaign between its global workforce and business partners.
“For 2005, much of our fundraising efforts in North America is being targeted at assisting the WFP relief initiatives specifically in Nicaragua,” Griffiths added. “Each TNT business unit has elected to focus its attention on certain areas of the world where help is needed most and Nicaragua is one of those areas. We look forward to helping make a real difference in the lives of school children in the outlying areas of Nicaragua, such as Matagalpa, where we currently have TNT volunteers working.”
In 2004, WFP fed 113 million people in 80 countries, including most of the world’s refugees and internally displaced people. WFP is the largest provider of nutritious meals to poor school children and through its School Feeding program aims to ensure the world’s 300 million undernourished children are educated.
Source: TNT Logistics