Global Growth companies have provided the first 100,000 meals out of their committed 1 million to areas affected by COVID-19. This milestone is only the beginning, its management says. [Disclaimer: Global Growth is the parent company that owns North Carolina News Daily.]
“We are a truly global company,” said Bridgett Hurley, the company’s chief development officer. “Our companies operate in more than twenty countries, and our giving program does the same.”
So far, the meals have gone to nonprofits in the U.S., Europe, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Ukraine, and India. “We focus on programs that can provide the most nutritious meals at a reasonable cost,” Hurley added.
But the food donations consider more than cost.
Global Growth’s local connections to the communities that receive the food donations should ensure they’ll do the most good.
For instance, the food donations in Ukraine reach children through foster homes. In India, kids receive the meals through their schools—as midday meals provided by local partner Akshaya Patra. “Their concept is two-fold: provide nutrition with education,” said Indrani Ghosh, a Human Resources lead at Global Growth’s Delhi-area location.
Food donations to the Philippines took a similar path through local organizations. Speaking about Global Growth’s work there, Country Operations Director Steven Uytengsu said, “Our current project is focused on serving the needy who are impacted by the pandemic.”
The 10,000 meals in the Philippines—rice, chicken and vegetables—reach people who can’t afford healthcare and instead live in isolation centers. The outreach to these groups comes through an organization called Bayanihan Cebu, which oversees the isolation centers.
A third example of the donations in Ukraine comes from representative Viktoriya Motuz: “We are donating money to food pantries that can provide meals.” She explains that the company will purchase 20,000 meals consisting of porridge, canned foods, tea, coffee, spaghetti, and other options. From there, local food pantries can identify the people who need the donations most.
“Our global footprint allows us to have people who live and work in these communities choose the organizations that can provide the most good,” Hurley said.
“We have provided medical services to tens of thousands of people in developing countries over the past five years,” she added. “Because of the current pandemic we are unable to provide these services to the degree we have in the past, but we still wanted to make an impact.”
This program allows Global Growth employees to provide meals to organizations they already know and support, she said. “We are working with six programs now and plan to expand the program during the next year.”
Long before its 1 million-meal pledge, Global Growth had donated to North Carolina foodbanks beginning in 2018. Since then, their records show a total of $150,000 given to local food programs. That total included $100,000 donated to the Food Bank of NC.
“Global Growth continues our mission to create global good,” said Global Growth founder Greg Lindberg.
Lindberg pointed out that the company invests heavily in its member companies. That way, their innovations in healthcare, technology and financial services have support to make the world healthier and more connected. Global Growth’s commitments to those 1 million meals adds to that practice, he explains. “Now we are investing in our member companies’ efforts to make their communities healthier and more connected.”
Global Growth Has Long Practiced Charitable Giving
Global Growth companies have also invested in eye care surgery for underserved populations and in treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Here in North Carolina, the company has donated $150,00 to the local foodbanks between 2018 and 2019.
In June 2020, Lindberg himself pledged $1 million to the ACLU for its criminal reform. “I have been disturbed by the consequences of prosecutorial abuses and unjust incarceration of non-violent offenders ,” he explained at the time.