Novus International Raises Over $26,000 to “Wipeout Summer Hunger” in St. Louis Community
Local Business Partners with the St. Louis Area Foodbank to Help Feed the World Starting with St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (July 17, 2017) – Shifting focus from animals to people, Novus International launched its “Wipeout Summer Hunger” campaign, which raised over $26,000 for the St. Louis Area Foodbank.
Novus’s company mission is to help feed the world affordable, wholesome food and achieve a higher quality of life and that goes beyond the company’s work in sustainable agriculture. Every year, Novus hosts a summer food drive to raise awareness of the hunger occurring in the community near its headquarters office in suburban St. Louis, Missouri. Surpassing all previous records, generous employees donated over $13,000 that was then matched by company funds as part of Novus’s initiative to support its employees who are active volunteers and contributors to nonprofits and charities in their communities worldwide.
The 2017 drive included numerous fundraisers from sponsoring local food trucks to visit the company campus to a carnival where employees were encouraged to bring their friends and family to work, all available with a small donation.
“This is a perfect example of what the corporate community can do to help families in need,” said Matt Dace, Senior Vice President, St. Louis Area Foodbank. “Our hope is that other companies will be inspired by Novus’s example and start their own food drives and contribute to our cause.”
Even with Novus’s efforts, the number of hungry in the community continues to grow. Feeding America’s latest “Map the Meal Gap” data estimates 127,380 children in the St. Louis area are at risk for hunger, and that risk increases during the summer months.
“It’s a little-known fact that more than 19 million American children can look at summertime as a time of uncertainty rather than a time for play and vacations. Without free and reduced lunch subsidy programs at their schools, they may not know when their next meals will come,” said Barbara Stampfli-Savill, Food Drive Committee chairwoman and Chief People Officer at Novus. “It’s increasingly important for us all to pull together and not leave our neighbors in need.”
The St. Louis Area Foodbank is on the front lines of the fight against summer hunger, and Novus proudly supports its efforts with its food drives and company volunteering. Novus employees have raised over $100,000 totaling more than 400,000 meals for families in need since the summer food drives began more than a decade ago.
“We do more than work here. We live here, and we care about the obstacles our neighbors and friends face. This is about being a true part of the St. Louis family,” said David Dowell, Vice President, Novus Global Operations.
To learn more about the St. Louis Area Foodbank or donate, visit www.stlfoodbank.org. More information about Novus’s work around the world and other upcoming events can be found at www.novusint.com.
About Novus International, Inc.
Novus International, Inc. is headquartered in metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. and serves customers in over 100 countries around the world. A global leader in developing animal health and nutrition solutions, Novus International’s products include ALIMET® and MHA® feed supplements, ACTIVATE® nutritional feed acid, ACIDOMIX® preservative premixture, CIBENZA® enzyme feed additive, MINTREX® chelated trace minerals, SANTOQUIN® feed preservative, AGRADO® feed antioxidant and many other specialty ingredients. Stratum Nutrition, a division of Novus Nutrition Brands, LLC, focuses on human nutrition through specialty and functional ingredients for manufacturers of foods, beverages and dietary supplements (www.stratumnutrition.com). Novus is privately owned by Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. and Nippon Soda Co., Ltd. For more information, visit www.novusint.com. ©2017 Novus International, Inc. All rights reserved.