Can you image what half a million smiling faces looks like? What about a million? We like to picture this every day as we work towards our goal of feeding one million hungry children in 2018 through the One Initiative. At C.R. England, for every load we successfully deliver, we will donate a meal to one of our 19 food bank partners and their programs that specifically benefit children in need.
On June 14th, 2018, we surpassed our halfway point and provided a nutritious meal to over 500,000 children in the U.S.! We are thrilled with this milestone and this puts us well ahead of our goal to double that number and provide one million meals to children by the end of 2018.
Why the One Initiative is Important
No one enjoys the pains of hunger, and in this great country of ours, it is unacceptable to have so many children who are food insecure. In the U.S., 13 million children are unsure of where there next meal will come from; that’s one in six children. The lack of proper nutrition in a child’s early years could lead to poor performance in school, behavioral issues, long-term poor eating habits, increased risk of obesity, and chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and asthma. We believe that proper nutrition sets children up for a bright, exciting future. As we all work to raise our next generation of leaders, workers, and entrepreneurs, we want to make sure that they are provided with the proper nutrition and not worrying about where their next meal will come from.
What Half a Million Means
500,000 meals is a lot, but how much a difference does it really make? Let’s put this into perspective. 500,000 meals is enough to provide a meal to each student at roughly 1,108 elementary schools or 869 middle schools in the United States. Or, 500,000 meals is a sufficient amount for every single child in the state of New Mexico to have a meal. Now that’s a lot of meals! 500,000 smiles and 500,000 full bellies.
In the next six and a half months, we plan to surpass our goal of feeding one million children. We recently rolled out our employee contribution program called One Pledge that allows all of our employees to contribute to the One Initiative in four major ways: volunteering time, enrolling in charitable payroll deductions, participating in internal fundraising events, and purchasing One branded apparel. Additionally, we created a group of employees at each of our major locations called the C.R. England Cares Teams, which will spearhead local charity events.
Of course, we could not make a difference in so many children’s lives without the help and support of our drivers, office staff, and the general public. Our drivers play a pivotal role in this Initiative by successfully delivering hundreds of loads each and every day. Our non-driver office staff help make those loads happen, they have volunteered with our food bank partners, put together fundraisers, held food drives, and have enrolled in payroll deductions. We truly are One United Against Childhood Hunger and can’t wait until we reach one million donated meals!
While 500,000 donated meals is a huge accomplishment, there is still much work to be done. Join us in our fight against childhood hunger by donating to the One Initiative at https://oneagainstchildhoodhunger.com or by purchasing One branded apparel items at https://crengland.com/store
You can view our live progress counter at https://crengland.com/one-initiative and imagine a smiling face each time a meal is donated.
National Center for Education Statistics – https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2011/pesschools09/tables/table_05.asp