Schneider Electric employees and distributors gathered in Durham, N.C., for training earlier this month, and took some time to help the hungry as well. More than 250 Schneider Electric ACE (Automation and Control Excellence) distributors and Schneider Electric employees packaged meals for the world’s hungry during their annual ACE & IDP (Industrial Drives Program) Universities event on Sept. 9 at the Washington Duke Inn in Durham. The group teamed up with Stop Hunger Now, which delivers food to disaster victims and other hungry and vulnerable people in 65 countries. Its meal packaging events are part of a volunteer-based program that coordinates the streamlined packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, flavoring, and 21 essential vitamins and minerals.

“One thing we always try to incorporate into our ACE University training program each fall is an opportunity for our distributors and employees to give back to those less fortunate.  This year we were proud to partner with Stop Hunger Now”, said Jeff Jervah, director of Channel Development & Web at Schneider Electric Industry Business U.S., who helped package meals during the event.

Since 1998, Stop Hunger Now has delivered aid and disaster relief supplies in the form of food, medical supplies, clothing, school supplies, and more to thousands of people. “What we want everyone to know is that hunger is solvable and is the common thread among the world’s most challenging issues.  When hunger is targeted, you give leverage and hope to every other cause including poverty, disease, education and the welfare of women and children,” said Terrence Brown, Raleigh area coordinator at Stop Hunger Now.