Five-hundred associates from JPMorgan Chase spent Friday evening packing 30,000 meals for children and seniors as part of Chase’s commitment to alleviating hunger in the First State.
The volunteer event took place as part of the Wilmington Grand Prix weekend festivities. While 200 cyclists competed against the clock and cobblestones of Monkey Hill, Chase volunteers packed more than 4,000 bags of food for our children’s Backpack Program and more than 20,000 meals for seniors at risk of hunger!
The Backpacks will be distributed to area schools, while the senior meal boxes will be distributed to at-risk seniors through the Wilmington Senior Center and Ministry of Caring.
The packing event took more than three hours to complete, and associates were joined by Congressman John Carney and State Representative Ed Osienski.
“I am amazed by the number of meals packed by this great group of volunteers from Chase,” said our President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “It really took teamwork to make sure all of the meals were completed in time. Chase’s commitment demonstrates that it takes an entire community to serve the one in four Delawareans who depend on our network of hunger-relief services.”
“In Delaware and across the country, Chase employees are passionate about helping their fellow community members and I’m proud to work beside them each and every day,” said Tom Horne, General Manager at Chase Card Services
“This great event gave AARP an opportunity to increase awareness of the threat of hunger among older Delawareans,” said Lucretia Young, AARP State Director. “We enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate with the Food Bank of Delaware and Chase to reach so many dedicated volunteers and others who want to help.”
Chase will organize a second meal packing event as part of the Dover race weekend festivities. On Sunday, June 2, race fans will pack 1,000 senior meal boxes inside the fan zone at Dover International Speedway.
In addition to the meal packing, students from our Culinary School fired up the grills for a barbeque for all of the volunteers and individuals in attendance at the time trial! For seven dollars attendees could purchase a sandwich, salad and fresh fruit! It was a great experience for the students and we heard rave reviews of the food.
Check out some photos for the event!