International Market Centers (IMC) employees in Atlanta, Las Vegas, and High Point, N.C., participated in CoreGiving Day, a nationwide volunteer effort to fight food insecurity hosted by Blackstone and 11 of its portfolio companies. On September 23, more than 80 employees from IMC’s three campus locations volunteered to sort and pack donations for local food banks. 

AmericasMart Atlanta employees worked at Hands on Atlanta; World Market Center Las Vegas staff assisted at 3 Square Food Bank; and High Point-based staff helped at Food Pantry of West End Ministries.

“Food insecurity is one of the most pressing challenges we face today — one out of every six children in the U.S. is going hungry,” says Luke Petherbridge, Chairman & Co-founder of CoreGiving and CEO of Link Logistics. “COVID-19 has only increased this critical need, making it more important than ever that we come together in the fight to reduce hunger.”

CoreGiving Day connects employees to local foodbank partners. Roughly 1,100 volunteers were involved at more than 20 locations across the country. In addition to the day of volunteering, CoreGiving presented donations to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Second Harvest Food Bank in Orlando, the Food Bank for NYC, the Share Food Bank in Philadelphia and the San Diego Food Bank.

“Our mission is to ensure children have access to the food they need for a better, healthier tomorrow,” Petherbridge says. “I am thrilled to introduce our first-ever CoreGiving Day — a dedicated day of service that allows our companies to give back to the communities in which they operate. Our organization has raised funds from more than 540 donors to help families in need, and we already reached our goal for this year of providing 7.5 million meals.”

 

In 2020, CoreGiving contributed to 27 food banks throughout the U.S. and partnered with more than 400 donors, providing 4.1 million meals to hungry children in 15 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

To donate to CoreGiving or find more information on the organization, click here