The COVID-19 pandemic and economic slowdown have caused heightened unemployment and increased food insecurity for many people. As a result, food banks around the country have been struggling to meet the increased need. Prior to the pandemic, for example, Second Harvest Food Bank in Orange County was distributing around 3 million pounds of food per month to local families. Due to COVID-19, that output has now tripled.
At KORE1, giving back to the communities in which we live and work has always been an important part of our mission. As corporate citizens, we’re responsible to our employees, clients, neighbors, and society at large, and we strive to make a positive impact on the world around us every day. That’s why, in these challenging times, we have started a new initiative to give back to our communities in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and Feeding America.
With so many individuals facing unemployment today, KORE1 believes that the staffing industry is in a unique position to raise awareness and direct resources to support those who have had their employment and livelihood disrupted. Through KORE1’s program, employers and companies can “do good” while “doing well”.
The program begins with a successful candidate placement. When a KORE1 consultant is hired, the KORE1 office responsible for the placement will donate $50 to their local Feeding America food bank in honor of the new employee. In addition, the company hiring this employee can choose to match KORE1’s charitable gift by also donating to their local Feeding America food bank or other local non-profit partner.
Through these donations, KORE1 and participating companies will help raise awareness and resources in support of Feeding America’s mission to end hunger. Celebrating each new employee’s hiring and on-boarding through a charitable gift in their name is also a positive first step in their long-term engagement with their new employer.
Together, we in the staffing industry can make a real difference for those dealing with unemployment and food insecurity during this challenging time.