Employees donate to help feed people experiencing food insecurity in local neighborhoods
Essity employees have raised just over $23,500 for The Salvation Army! The funds will be distributed to locations in each of the markets where we have operations throughout North America. More than 3,000 employees contributed to the organization during a six-week fundraising campaign, with Essity matching employee donations dollar for dollar.
“Essity and our employees continue to recognize the broad-reaching effects of COVID-19 on our nation, with many people facing a daily struggle to keep their families fed,” said Don Lewis, President, Essity Professional Hygiene North America. “As a company, Essity is committed to supporting the communities where our employees live and work. Our employees had a strong desire to help people in their neighborhoods obtain increased access to food. The generosity and caring they’ve shown during this challenging time is truly heartfelt.”
Essity Employees in the United States and Canada were able to designate a postal code for each individual contribution, ensuring that every donation would have local and personal impact. The fundraising campaign was launched on December 15, 2020 and concluded January 31, 2021.
According to The Salvation Army, each night in the United States, 17.4 million families go to bed hungry and an additional 6.9 million families live on the verge of food insecurity. The grant will be used to provide nutritious meals to anyone in need via The Salvation Army’s food pantries and meal assistance programs in more than 20 states across the United States and in Canada.
“It remains The Salvation Army’s greatest honor to serve our community,” shared Major Tawny Cowen-Zanders, Divisional Secretary for Greater Philadelphia, The Salvation Army. “We are incredibly grateful to Essity for their partnership and the privilege of being their hands to the community. With their help, we are able to serve as a barrier against homelessness and food insecurity, equipping our neighbors with the peace of mind they are not alone during this difficult time.”