Monday, July 21, 2014

Aidmatrix Partner FareShare Receives Donation of 5.1 Million Meals from Generous Tesco Customers

Aidmatrix partner FareShare, a UK national charity which supports communities to relieve food poverty, recently received a donation from generous Tesco customers that will help supply 5.1 million meals to feed people in need. In 2013/14, the food redistributed by FareShare contributed towards more than 12 million meals and helped businesses reduce CO2 emissions by 19,500 tonnes.

Read part of the opening excerpt from the press release:

"Generous Tesco customers have donated an incredible 5.1 million meals for people in need. The total was calculated following the Neighbourhood Food Collection which took place in every store across the UK between 3-5 July.

The latest Neighbourhood Food Collection was held between in partnership with foodbanks charity, the Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity, FareShare.

The food collected will benefit those living in food poverty, many of whom struggle during the summer months. Often low-income families, who normally receive free school meals, have to find ways to make their budgets stretch to afford extra meals for their children."

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare said:

Once again, we have been completely blown away by the generosity of the Great British public – generosity that will allow us to keep helping the most vulnerable people in society. We are incredibly grateful to Tesco and their customers as we will now be able to provide the 1,290 charities we support with more of the food they need.”

Read the official press release

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Partner UPS Wins 2014 Business in the Community (BITC) International Disaster Relief Award

UPS's Humanitarian Relief Program, an Aidmatrix International Relief partner, was recently recognized as the winner of the 2014 Business in the Community (BITC) International Disaster Relief Award. This award is one of United Kingdom's longest-running and most respected awards championing responsible business. The awards are designed for business, by business and are rigorously assessed by business peers from all sectors.

Here are some of the Social Impacts listed by the BITC that the UPS Humanitarian Relief Programme and their Logistics Emergency Teams provided to assist disaster relief efforts around the world, including the partnership with Aidmatrix:
  • UPS made $7.5 million in humanitarian relief funding, technical support and in-kind services in 2013. 
  • 250 humanitarian shipments across 46 countries were made in 2013 and 16 weeks of humanitarian service given by UPS employees. 
  • In partnership with Aidmatrix, UPS introduced the supply chain management platform (SCM4) to improve efficiency in transportation and distribution systems, a system which is now used by other relief agencies. 
“Our commitment to education and training programmes, coupled with our strong expertise in logistics, demonstrates the value we place on equipping individuals and businesses with the skills, information and resources to ensure communities are prepared for the unexpected.”
- Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation

Read more about the award and how UPS impacted disaster relief in 2013

Read the press release from the UPS Foundation

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Aidmatrix and Partners Contribute to InterAction Forum, Spurring Collaboration Across the Relief Sector

InterAction brings together leaders from nonprofits, governments, philanthropy, corporations, and civil society to advance collaboration, effectiveness, and innovation in our work to end poverty and move us toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Aidmatrix, Catholic Relief Services, CARE, Save the Children and UPS attended the 30th annual InterAction Forum, June 10-13 in Washington, D.C. Aidmatrix’s team included CEO Mark Theilken, Senior Vice President Melis Jones and Director of Programs Business Development Joan Bond.

Our partners at the UPS Foundation hosted a CEO Roundtable Event about "Engaging the Private Sector in New Partnerships." The moderator of this panel was Daniel J. Brutto, UPS Foundation Trustee, retired President of UPS International. They discussed a "mix of daunting challenges and exciting opportunities in front of InterAction and the global community - from climate change to a new Post 2015 development agenda, from a global movement to end poverty to new institutions ready to help partner, finance and scale up programs that work."

Carolyn Woo, President & CEO, Catholic Relief Services moderated a plenary session - "Reflections on our Future: Moving Beyond Silos" - which examined the increasing convergence of different social and environmental challenges, including the interplay between sustainable development, social enterprise, gender, and humanitarian action. Ms. Woo was one of the Co-Chairs of the 30th Anniversary Forum Committee.

Members of CARE, Catholic Relief Services and Save the Children also moderated and spoke on panels throughout the week during the InterAction Forum Workshops.

Learn more about InterAction Forum 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

Aidmatrix Welcomes The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley to AgencyExpress

The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley - located in south Texas - recently joined the network of Feeding America food banks leveraging AgencyExpress online shopping. Aidmatrix is pleased to welcome the Rio Grande Valley team to AgencyExpress, to increase their hunger-relief capacity for the people of Rio Grande Valley.

AgencyExpress is a hunger-relief program that uses online ordering technology to enable Feeding America's network member food banks to list food inventories online, providing hunger-relief agencies the opportunity to view and order food from their food banks in a simple and efficient manner. AgencyExpress is powered by Aidmatrix in collaboration with Feeding America.


“The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. is very customer service focused and this program has moved us into the virtual world, enabling our partner agencies to place their orders at a time that is convenient for them, thus serving them in a more efficient manner.”

Terri Drefke – Chief Executive Officer of The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley. 

As a whole, 1 in 4 people in the Rio Grande Valley are food insecure. The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. serves those food insecure people and families in Hidalgo, Willacy and Cameron Counties in the southern tip of Texas. Close to 25k families are served every week.

To learn more about AgencyExpress, contact: Charlotte Medley (charlotte_medley@aidmatrix.org) or Ida Beal (Ida_beal@aidmatrix.org).