Corporate Social Responsibility

CSR Program: Global Hunger Relief Campaign

Cisco employees fight hunger with time and treasure

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Every year, Cisco’s annual Global Hunger Relief Campaign supports more than 160 nonprofits and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) through employee donations, volunteerism, and matching from the Cisco Foundation.

What: Worldwide Giving Campaign

Around the world, 842 million people do not have enough to eat. Even in the United States, nearly 15 percent of households have uncertain access to safe food each year. That’s why hunger is the focus of our signature employee giving campaign. In 2014, our goal is to raise $1.8 million through employee donations.

  • 162 hunger relief organizations around the world benefited from the campaign in 2013
  • 44,000 hours volunteered by employees at hunger relief and nutrition nonprofits in 2013
  • $5.7 million donated to charitable organizations through the 2013 Global Hunger Relief Campaign
  • 23 million more meals reach people worldwide thanks to 2013 contributions

Impact Multiplied

From November through December each year, all employee Global Hunger Relief campaign donations are matched—multiplying the impact of every gift. Volunteer events build a human network of support in our communities, and every employee volunteer hour is matched by a $10 donation from the Cisco Foundation. Global Hunger Relief activities in 2014:

  • Employees in San Jose, California raised more than US$216,000 for the Second Harvest Food Bank during the 48-Hour Virtual Race to End Hunger.
  • In Bangalore, India, employees raised US$44,000 for Akshya Patra, helping over 1.4 million children from 10,661 schools across 10 states in India receive a good meal each day they are in school.
  • Richardson, Texas employees sorted 19,000 pounds of food to make 16,000 meals for the hungry for North Texas Food Bank in Dallas.

Global hunger statistics: World Food Programme
U.S. hunger statistics: U.S. Department of Agriculture