SANTA ANA, CA – January 2019 – FSSI partnered with Kids Around the World this holiday season for its annual service project, with employees working together to compile meal packets to provide 30,000 nutritious meals for hungry and malnourished children worldwide.

Kids Around the World strives to impact the lives of children by providing its OneMeal mobile food-packing program as well as building playgrounds in low-income communities around the world. The finished meal packets are shipped and distributed to children in 18 different countries.

Employees at FSSI divided into groups of 12 people, with each person taking a unique task to combine rice, lentils, vegetables, and vitamins into a packet, which was then sealed and labeled for distribution. Working under the direction and guidance of OneMeal Event Manager Rich Swisher, the team completed their goal of 5,000 bags, each with six meals included, in just 1 ½ hour.

“It was a rewarding experience for the FSSI team to work together to make such a visible difference for hungry children around the world,” said Jennifer Dietz, FSSI President and CEO. “The employee feedback shows that the FSSI team loves to serve, with everyone saying how special it was to spend this time to make an impact on others’ lives.”

Continuing with its tradition of focusing on FSSI’s “Passion for Service” core value, a service project is selected each year for the annual December all-employee meeting. In describing the importance of this core value, Dietz said, “Our core value of “Passion for Service” relates to FSSI’s passion for serving our clients as well as encouraging each other to serve in our communities and around the world.” Passion for Service is the favorite core value of FSSI’s five core values, which define and exemplify the culture and environment of FSSI.

Swisher said, “FSSI’s core value of ‘Passion for Service’ is more than an ideal, it truly reflects the company and its wonderful workers!”

Since 1994, Kids Around the World, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has also provided playgrounds and teachers, in addition to healthy meals, to communities in need. Through teamwork and a single mission, they strive to positively affect children’s lives in countries around the world.

You can make a qualified charitable distribution by using the "Make a Gift From My IRA" tool through your IRA custodian or consult with your employer’s human resources department to get the simple form to designate Kids Around The World (EIN #36-4007250) as a beneficiary of your retirement account.

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