Hunger is an issue in every one of our communities. The United Nations reports that more than 1 in 9 people are food-insecure across the globe. That’s why TDW has made it a priority to address hunger in the communities where we live and work.
In every TDW location with a Community Relations Committee (CRC), our employees develop programs to collect food and raise funds for local food banks and distribution centers. They also volunteer their time, serving meals and packaging or distributing food.
Our participation in the Basket Brigade program in Melbourne, Australia, is just one example of our support in the fight against hunger.
Since 2010, TDW has supported the Melbourne Basket Brigade, an event that gives local volunteers an opportunity to pack baskets of food and toys and deliver them anonymously to families in need each December.
For the past five years, the TDW Australian CRC team have led the charge in coordinating TDW efforts with the Brigade. TDW provides much needed funding to purchase food items for families in need and toys for underprivileged children, providing for approximately 300-400 at-risk families in Melbourne. Volunteers from the location also help every year with the packing event held in December.
“It’s a special time of the year for all, but we understand that it also can cause extra pressure on families to provide that bit extra within their household,” says Laura, a CRC member. “We know the assistance we provide helps alleviate some of this pressure by ensuring that, whenever possible, a child wakes to a present and the family can put food on the holiday table.”
The charity’s projects are 100 percent funded by the generosity of its supporters. Thanks to our financial and volunteer help, the Brigade packs and distributes baskets to several hundred households and helps feed several thousand people.
“The Melbourne Basket Brigade offers a very special service to the underprivileged in our community – but unlike the other major charities (such as Salvation Army, Royal Children’s Hospital, and other mainstream-backed charities), it receives very little to no external assistance,” Laura says. “So the little things we offer really are appreciated and vital for their continued community service.”
TDW plans to continue their support of, and participation in, the Brigade for years to come. “Looking to the future, the Melbourne Basket Brigade can expect at least the same level of support from TDW,” says Laura. “The financial benefit to the Melbourne Basket Brigade is only outstripped by the delight and pride I witness in our employees who take part in this annual event.”