MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hundreds of employees from Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life) donated food, clothing, and money in a week-long community service project known as the “Spirit of Summer Giving” campaign. People Responding in Social Ministry (PRISM), a community-funded social service agency that aids local families in need, will receive nearly 8,000 pounds of food and clothing as a result of employees’ efforts. Second Harvest Heartland, the Upper Midwest’s largest hunger relief organization, will receive $30,000 in employees’ donations.
“We’re dedicated to making a positive difference in our community, and I am proud to see our employees once again generously support our community partners,” said Walter White, president and CEO. “While our annual Spirit of Giving campaign happens at the end of the year, we launched our summer campaign because we recognize that the need is just as great during the summer months, especially when children aren’t in school.”
During the week-long summer giving campaign, Allianz Life employees donated food, clothing and cash as they entered the Allianz Life building. Cash donations were also raised through registrations for the company’s annual employee 5k run/walk event held June 7 and through purchasing the ability to dress in casual attire during the month of June.
“Many families experience greater hunger in the summer because children do not receive free or reduced breakfast and lunch at school,” said Executive Director of PRISM, Michelle Ness. “These donations help keep our PRISM shelves stocked with nutritious foods during the summer months when demand increases.”
Allianz Life has sponsored an annual Spirit of Giving Campaign since 2000. Over the years Allianz Life employees have donated more than 250,000 pounds of food, 250,000 pounds of clothing and nearly $500,000 in cash donations, showing a strong ongoing commitment to the local community.
About Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2014, has been keeping its promises since 1896. Today, it carries on that tradition, helping Americans achieve their retirement income and protection goals with a variety of annuities and life insurance products. As a leading provider of fixed index annuities, Allianz Life is part of Allianz SE, a global leader in the financial services industry with 142,000 employees worldwide. More than 78 million private and corporate customers rely on Allianz knowledge, global reach, and capital strength to help them make the most of financial opportunities.