PALM BAY — About 400 Harris Corp. employees donated their lunch period Wednesday to help provide meals to others.
Kicking off the company's United Way campaign, the Harris workers assembled 11,000 food packs that will be donated to the Children’s Hunger Project. The event took place at the Harris Technology Center in Palm Bay.
Harris employees heard remarks from company and United Way representatives about the campaign before arranging themselves in an assembly line to put together the packets and gather onto pallets for distribution.
"Here at Harris, we think we offer great jobs and it's an opportunity for our employees to give back to the community," said Bob Duffy, senior vice president of human resources and administration at Harris.
The Children’s Hunger Project feeds hungry kids on weekends during the school year, as many children who receive free or reduced school priced meals are left without adequate nutrition on the weekends. The project is designed to fill this gap by providing children in need with nutritious food they can take home and easily prepare on their own.
The event is part of Harris’ enterprise-wide service initiative called HEART (Harris Employees Actively Responding Together). HEART encourages employees to volunteer in support of their community by organizing events such as assembling summer STEM kits for elementary school students, providing hygiene kits for homeless veterans and families and packing food for low-income students.
Harris set a goal this year to raise $1.35 million for the United Way. Last year employees exceeded the company goal and Duffy said that's the goal this year as well.
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