INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--More than 100 employees from Sallie Mae’s Indianapolis office joined the Million Meal Movement to pack meals for Hoosiers in need. Sallie Mae donated $8,000 in supplies and employees spent more than four hours packing approximately 30,000 meals to feed nearly 7,400 families of four in Indiana.
The company, which last year announced a commitment to add nearly 300 new jobs in Indiana, has a strong history of supporting local communities where its employees live and work. Last year, Sallie Mae contributed $10,000 to the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation to support local veterans. In addition, the company also supports a number of local nonprofit and service organizations, including the Center for Leadership Development Inc, Rock Steady Boxing, and Special Olympics Indiana, contributing $12,000 and participating in the organization’s annual Plane Pull Challenge.
“Day in and day out, Sallie Mae employees show their commitment to helping families make college happen and that commitment and passion also extends to initiatives and activities that support our Indianapolis area community,” said Mike Brannon, vice president, Sallie Mae Indianapolis. “We were thrilled to join with the Million Meal Movement for this worthy cause.”
Founded in 2007, the Million Meal Movement has a two-fold vision: feeding the hungry and teaching the importance of volunteerism. Each year, the Million Meal Movement distributes millions of meals to hungry families in Indiana. To date, the Million Meal Movement has packed more than 27.5 million meals.
“The Million Meal Movement highlights our volunteers and supporters and exemplifies how together we can make a difference, measured in millions,” said Shane Scarlett, manager, event services and volunteer engagement, Million Meal Movement. “We are extremely grateful to Sallie Mae’s Indianapolis office for donating time and resources to fight hunger for Hoosiers in need.”
The Sallie Mae employee volunteerism program goes hand-in-hand with its mission to help families save, plan, and pay for college, as well as give back to the community. The volunteer program allows full-time employees up to 48 hours of paid leave time per year to volunteer for an organization in their community. Employees can also apply for grants for charitable organizations they are involved with through the Dollars for Doers Program, a corporate-employee giving program offering grants to eligible organizations where an employee volunteers regularly or is a member of the Board.
For more information, visit SallieMae.com.
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