As families gather to give thanks for what they have and the food they eat, statistics from the Department of Agriculture say that 18 million Americans are struggling to feed their families. Hunger continues to be a growing issue impacting communities. To help meet this year’s need, PCL Construction has donated $150,000 to food banks around the United States.
One of many donations PCL has made to organizations that feed the hungry.
“Food banks across the country are doing more than ever before and we are pleased to offer our help to keep up with the demand,” said Peter Beaupré, president and COO for PCL’s US operations. “Four years ago, we saw the value of supporting food banks, and the need continues to grow throughout the communities where PCL operates.”
Addressing the Need at the Street Level
PCL began its food bank giving initiative in 2009, and since that time the organization has given a total of $588,000 to food banks across the US, providing approximately 4.7 million meals.
“We are so grateful for PCL’s generous support, their donation will help thousands of homeless and hungry men, women, and children in our community,” said Leslie Millett, director of Public Relations for the Raleigh Rescue Mission in North Carolina.
“Helping our neighbors in need often starts with a hot meal, and PCL’s gift is enough to provide about 3,570 meals to the hungry,” said Millett. “That meal is often the first step towards a changed life. We are thankful to have PCL’s help in meeting the needs and changing the lives of those less fortunate.”
In addition to monetary donations, PCL employees have also volunteered their time to assist with sorting and organizing incoming food donations.
PCL offices in 15 locations across the United States have each provided $10,000 to food banks in Anchorage, Atlanta, Bakersfield, Dallas, Denver, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Orlando, Raleigh, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa, and, Tempe.