AT&T Volunteers Harvest Fresh Produce for New Jersey Pantries

AT&T Teams Up with America’s Grow-A-Row to Mark Hunger Action Month

Around 200 volunteers from AT&T fanned out across America’s Grow-A-Row farm to harvest fresh produce that will be donated to food pantries across the Garden State. U.S. Congressman Leonard Lance stopped by to thank the volunteers for their efforts.

AT&T employees and members of the AT&T Pioneers teamed up with America’s Grow-A-Row (AGAR) for the event. AGAR is a non-profit organization whose mission is to positively impact as many lives as possible through a volunteer effort of planting, picking, rescuing, and delivering free fresh produce. AT&T volunteers helped mark 7 million pounds of produce being harvested and donated to foodbanks and other hunger-relief organizations by America’s Grow-A-Row since 2002.

“Hunger is a bigger problem than many people realize. That’s why we’re rolling up our sleeves to help harvest fresh vegetables that will be donated to local pantries,” said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic “Our employees are deeply involved in the communities where they live and work, doing what they can to help others in need.”

The event is part of “Hunger Action Month” – a nationwide initiative designed to mobilize the public to raise awareness and take action against hunger during the month of September.

Schweder added that since 2012, AT&T has contributed more than $12,000 – and employees have volunteered more than 870 hours - to America's Grow-A-Row.

“At AT&T, the core Corporate Social Responsibility values run deep and are clearly evident in both the physical support they provide our organization, in addition to the financial contributions made that allow us to further our mission,” said Chip Paillex, president and founder, America’s Grow-A-Row. “It’s this deep commitment to serving the community that defines the AT&T leadership and employees at all levels within their organization.”

About Community Engagement at AT&T
At AT&T, Community Engagement means engaging our employees to build healthy, connected, and thriving communities where we live and do business. Employees are focused on three key issues: improving educational outcomes, building sustainable communities and promoting the responsible use of technology. In 2016, AT&T employees and retirees volunteered more than 5.4 million hours of time in community outreach activities worth more than $129 million and pledged more than $37 million for charities of their choice through employee giving. Employees also committed to more than 81,000 sustainable choices through Do One Thing (DOT), which invites employees to make small, everyday choices that add up to a big positive impact for themselves, the community and/or the company.

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