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Fighting hunger one rescued meal at a time

05 Jun 2017

When Julia Hilbert and Kanya Po from Macquarie’s Commodities and Global Markets Group encouraged the New York office to participate in City Harvest’s Skip Lunch Fight Hunger (SLFH) campaign, the request was simple – will you walk a day in someone else’s shoes and skip a meal?

According to City Harvest, 1.4 million people living in New York face hunger every day. The non-profit rescues food (which would otherwise be wasted) from farms, restaurants, markets and manufacturers and redistributes it to people in need. “This includes not only New York’s homeless, but also disadvantaged families and children who would otherwise go without meals. The food from City Harvest can make a huge difference in these people’s lives,” says Julia.

Macquarie was a corporate sponsor of this year’s SLFH campaign. The New York office raised over $20,000 with Macquarie Group Foundation matching, making it the eleventh highest fundraising team in New York.

The team also participated in an onsite ‘Repackathon’ during SLFH week, where staff volunteered their time to pack more than 500 brown paper bags filled with food (donated by Macquarie Capital) which were going to be used in City Harvest’s Fruit Bowl program.

“This was a fun way for staff to get involved,” says Julia, adding that a Macquarie team has volunteered at City Harvest’s annual Thanksgiving Repackathon event in November for the past couple of years.

In addition, the team has arranged various other initiatives for City Harvest, including donating Macquarie’s surplus pantry food, hosting a ‘Cake Wars’ event last October and sponsoring a City Harvest branded food truck. “We are committed to trying new things all the time and continuously engaging our staff with the City Harvest cause,” says Julia.

Image caption: Macquarie New York’s Paolo Belfiglio and Chris Harrison help pack 500 brown paper bag lunches as part of Macquarie’s 2017 City Harvest Repackathon.