MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hundreds of Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life) employees participated today in a “human chain” to load hundreds of boxes of employee-donated food and clothing into semi-trucks at their headquarters. The donations raised will help feed and clothe more than 1,800 families in need around the Golden Valley community, according to PRISM (People Responding in Social Ministry), a community-funded social service agency that serves local families in need.
“People come to our food shelf from all walks of life - some have been laid off, some are elderly, others are just struggling to make ends meet. These donations help with our efforts to stabilize their immediate crisis while we work with them to create solutions for their future.”
“Hunger and poverty continue to rise in Minnesota and around the country. As the need grows, I am proud to see our employees continue to do their part in our local community. The donations will help our neighbors who have hit hard times,” said President and CEO of Allianz Life, Walter White. “Our community can count on us; the giving seen here today comes from the heart of our employees.”
During the past month, Allianz Life employees collected food, clothing, and cash for PRISM.
“We distribute more than 2,200 pounds of food a day – that’s about 30 carts of food sent out the door daily – and over 39,000 pounds of food a month,” PRISM’s Interim Executive Director Cheryl Jensen said. “People come to our food shelf from all walks of life - some have been laid off, some are elderly, others are just struggling to make ends meet. These donations help with our efforts to stabilize their immediate crisis while we work with them to create solutions for their future.”
This is the 13th year of the Allianz Life Spirit of Giving Campaign where employees exceeded the goals of donating:
- 20,000 pounds of clothing,
- 26,000 pounds of food,
- $65,000 in cash donations, and
- 3,500 toys, which will be presented to Toys for Tots next week.
During the past 13 years, the company has given:
- $374,000 in cash donations,
- 222,000 pounds of food, and
- 229,000 pounds of clothing.
While loading the semi truck, local sporting mascots – T.C. Bear of the Minnesota Twins, Viktor with the Minnesota Vikings, Goldy of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, and Nordy from the Minnesota Wild – motivated the employees. When the donations arrived at PRISM, 50 students from the Dassel Cokato National Honors Society assisted in unloading the tons of clothing and food.
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About Allianz Life
Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2012, 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.