Sep 8, 2015- China Enterprise Council (CEC) kicked off its 3rd Annual Community Day by organizing more than 80 volunteers from over 20 member companies to help stock the food distribution centers of local food banks in both Los Angeles and Orange Counties on two consecutive days.
CEC initiated the Community Day program back in 2013 to provide opportunities for its members to reach out and give back to their communities each September. In 2013, CEC hosted a day with Meals on Wheels to provide nutritious meals to homebound adults and seniors. In 2014, a school day at Dana Middle School helped promote financial literacy and taught Chinese culture to students. As both events were well attended and welcomed by the community, CEC wanted to do something extra special for this year. So it teamed up with two food banks — Los Angeles Regional Food Bank in Los Angeles, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County — to help support hunger relief in the region.
According to statistics released by the Food Banks, 1 in 6 are vulnerable to hunger in Los Angeles County, and 1 in 5 low-income children in Orange County experiences food insecurity.
“Many people think that hunger is far away from us in the United States, but, in fact, the vulnerable groups, including children, the elderly, the unemployed and the homeless are often challenged by a lack of food,” said CEC President Sherman Zhang when he visited the food banks on August 24 with other CEC member companies.
On September 8, more than 40 CEC volunteers came to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and sorted close to 20,000 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetable in accordance with the food bank’s operating procedures, to ship into the hands of people in need.
On September 9, close to 40 CEC volunteers engaged in three hours of assembly line work at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to complete 750 food kits for low-income hungry seniors.
Mr. Zhang presented a CEC T-shirt to Nicole Suydam, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. The team will add the T-shirt to the commemorative wall that features all the other T-shirts from institutions that volunteered at the bank. As the first T-shirt from the Chinese community, CEC has created a milestone.
“Supporting the needy elderly and helping the weak is a traditional virtue of Chinese people,” said Mr. Zhang. “As a bridge between the U.S. and China, CEC would like to continue to further promote the understanding and integration between Chinese companies and the local community — and to enable this heritage to flourish and help foster a spirit of collaboration.”