Travel Leaders Group Works to Fight Hunger Through Annual Day of Giving

(Photo by Travel Leaders Group) Travel Leaders Pensacola, Florida, employees collected food at their offices and then volunteered sorting non-perishable food items at the Feeding the Gulf Coast Food Sorting center as part of the Travel Leaders Group Day of Giving initiative // Courtesy of Travel Leaders Group

Travel Leaders Group collected more than 33,000 non-perishable food items for donation to food banks across North America and internationally for its annual Day of Giving campaign. The company also raised more than $67,000 to give to Feeding America and other organizations that relieve hunger. Additionally, nearly 600 individuals volunteered at organizations within their local communities to contribute to hunger-related projects.

Travel Leaders Group CEO Ninan Chacko said that in the U.S. alone, one in eight people, and one in six children, are not getting the food they need, according to data by Feeding America. Children are in greatest need in the summer because they do not receive free meals from school.

Among the many fundraising and volunteer initiatives undertaken by Travel Leaders Group units:


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  • Travel Leaders’ Plymouth, Minnesota office employees raised money, collected food items and volunteered at Second Harvest Heartland and the Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners.
  • Bonotel Exclusive Travel employees sorted and packaged food items for children’s care packages and created food packages for community charities at Three Square in southern Nevada.
  • Tzell Travel Group employees raised funds, collected non-perishable food items and volunteered by serving dinner at a Harlem meal center.
  • The Protravel International team collected food donations and volunteered by helping to prepare dinners at the Bowery Mission in New York.
  • Cruise Specialists staff collected food for the Salvation Army office that services the Greenwood area of Seattle.
  • The Andrew Harper Travel team raised funds for the People’s Resource Center while the R. Crusoe & Son team contributed to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
  • Nexion Travel Group staff raised funds, collected food items and volunteered by packing food at Feed My Starving Children.

Travel Leaders travel agencies were also involved, raising funds, collecting food items and volunteering at organizations including Feeding the Gulf Coast, Ottawa Food, Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, the Community Food Bank of Oklahoma, the Presbyterian Church of LaGrange and the West Side Campaign Against Hunger, a New York supermarket style food pantry.

Here are some examples:

The Alexandria, Virginia, team volunteered at the Capital Area Food Bank in Lorton, Virginia, in addition to collecting non-perishable food items and raising funds.

Barrhead Travel, an agency in the UK, created food donation stations in their offices, made cash donations to the Trussell Trust network of 1,200 food banks in the United Kingdom and used their annual company-paid charity day to volunteer at local food banks.

In Canada, employees from sports tour operator Roadtrips also made cash donations to Winnipeg Harvest: a not-for-profit food distribution and training center.

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