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Food Security

From those who rescue quality food to organizations that prepare meals and provide nutrition education, we support those helping to end food instability.

The Swiss Stiftung Schweizer Tafel does not let anything go to waste. A hyperlocal foodbank, it collects more than 25 tons of high-quality food each day from retailers and distributes it for free to 500 social institutions, including homeless shelters, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and more. With a grant from Northern Trust, as well as employee volunteer hours, the organization was able to provide more than 17,000 meals to those in need in Northwest Switzerland.

“I’m surprised every day at how different each of our visitors are,” a foodbank intern said. “Each person has their own story and it's amazing to see the difference a little help can have.” 

Each week, the Pilsen Food Pantry distributes about 25,000 pounds of food to families in need in the west side Chicago neighborhood—but that’s just one piece of their work. Calling themselves an anti-poverty organization, they address gaps in social services. This includes a clothing closet, a mobility and medical device program, literary services, supplies for extracurricular activities, holidays, and art camps.

"I don't sit on my hands; I act,” said Evenlyn Figueroa, M.D., founder of the Pilsen Food Pantry. “When there are so many people who are hurt and hungry, how can we not do everything possible to help them heal?"

 

Rescuing edible surplus food from throughout the food industry—which would otherwise be disposed of as waste—Food Angel collects the items and prepares nutritious meals in their central kitchens before distributing them throughout Hong Kong. Their motto of “Waste Not, Hunger Not” resonates with Northern Trust employees, who volunteered with the organization multiple times in 2023. Through that assistance, Northern Trust was able to assist Food Angel in their rescue of 45 tons of edible food, and the production and distribution of 20,000 nutritious meals to those in need per week.

“Volunteering with Food Angel meant a lot to me because our team worked hard to pack meals for underprivileged communities in Hong Kong,” said Angelo Calvitto, Northern Trust’s head of Asia-Pacific.