Collette Cares celebrates 100 years with Million Meals initiative

Collette Cares celebrates 100 years with Million Meals initiative

Devon DeGrazia, of Westport, MA, is one of the many Collette volunteers placing the sealed bags into shipping boxes. (Valley Breeze photos by Charles Lawrence)

PAWTUCKET – Collette Cares has announced the launch of the 1 Million Meals Campaign, a new global hunger initiative.

Through volunteering, global projects and three strategic new partnerships, the organization will provide one million meals to those in need throughout the world by 2018, the 100th anniversary of Collette Tours.

Collette employees held a packaging event with lead partner Stop Hunger Now on Monday. More than 240 volunteers rolled up their sleeves to create 30,000 meals during the fourth annual Founder’s Day held at Collette.

In addition to Stop Hunger Now, Collette Cares is partnering with No Kid Hungry and Edesia to give meals as part of the campaign.

On its 100th anniversary, Collette is celebrating one of its strongest values, giving back to the world that gives us so much, states a release.

“It is with great excitement that Collette Cares kicks off such a noble initiative,” said Dan Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of Collette. “Hunger is a global issue that we’ve identified as something we want to improve on our road to 100 years as an organization.”

To learn more about Collette and Collette Cares, visit www.gocollette.com .

Ariana Kithes, of Woonsocket, foreground left, and other volunteers add special nutrients to the rice.
Mark Vermouth of "Stop Hunger Now" shows volunteers at Collette Tours how to fill and seal packets of food to be distributed in developing countries. Collette Cares launches the 1 Million Meals Campaign, a new global hunger initiative. Through volunteering and strategic partnerships, Collette Cares aims to provide 1 million meals to those in need throughout the world by 2018, the 100th anniversary of Collette. The packaging event took place at Collette's headquarters in Pawtucket on Monday, July, 18th.