Hunger is the world’s biggest health risk. Each year, it kills more than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. Close to 900 million people do not have enough to eat and 98 percent of them live in developing countries, according to the World Food Programme.
Even in developed countries like the United States, 15 percent of households were food insecure at some point during 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, meaning its members had uncertain access to adequate and safe food.
Cisco has a long-term commitment to work with hunger relief agencies globally to address the immediate need of hunger and food insecurity. In fiscal year 2012, Cisco employees volunteered more than 11,000 hours to help food agencies serve those in need.
Hunger is also the focus of the company’s signature employee giving campaign--the annual Global Hunger Relief Campaign--which celebrated its 10th year in 2012.
Food agencies in the United States and across the globe leverage volunteers, technology, and cash donations to serve millions each year. For example:
Cisco employee volunteering and giving to hunger agencies is multiplied by matching funds from the Cisco Foundation year-round.
Food agencies utilize technology, along with the expertise of Cisco employees and partners, to continually improve efficiency and effectiveness in serving those in need. For example:
Cisco employees donate and log volunteer hours to food agencies through Cisco’s unique global matching gifts IT solution, Community Connection. This tool allows Cisco to quickly aggregate and approve donation matches during the Global Hunger Relief Campaign and throughout the year, and disburse matching funds.
Cisco is working to address the immediate need of global hunger through a layered approach that includes volunteering, cash donations, technology donations, and technology expertise to hunger relief agencies globally.
In 2012 alone, Cisco employees donated $1.7 million to the Global Hunger Relief Campaign. With matching funds, overall donations surpassed $4 million--enough for nonprofit organizations to provide more than 16 million meals.
The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina says the 157,000 volunteer hours donated to it annually by the local community equal the work of 75 full-time staff members.