1 in 6 people in the U.S. faces hunger. 1 in 5 kids in the U.S. faces hunger. 49 million Americans struggle to put food on the table. These are the truths according to the USDA (1). And in order to fight hunger, it will take more than just a couple of volunteers this holiday season.
Musician Bono once said, “If you want to eliminate hunger, everybody has to be involved.” Therefore, if you are looking to truly effect change and improve the lives of millions of Americans who go to be hungry every night, work for a company who is dedicated to fighting hunger. From restaurant chains to non-profits and multi-national corporations, there are companies in every industry committed to giving back in a major way. Here are 17 companies fighting hunger and hiring today.
Their Cause: “At the end of each day, our bakery-cafes package unsold bread and baked goods to donate to local hunger relief and charitable organizations. Panera Cares community cafes are about working together, shoulder to shoulder with our customers, to confront a serious problem plaguing communities across this country. Hunger. Simply put, in these non-profit locations, we will feed anyone. We offer a dignified dining experience in an uplifting environment – without judgment – whether or not a person can pay.”
Where Hiring: Needham, MA; Torrington, CT; Norwalk, CT; Riverside, CA; Chicago, IL; Nashville, TN; Baker, LA; Raleigh, NC; Minneapolis, MN & more.
What Roles: Day Baker, Restaurant Assistant Manager, Restaurant Cashier, Catering Coordinator, Director of Corporate Counsel, VP of Catering Sales, Cafe Associate, Customer Service Associate & more.
What Employees Say: “Great management, cultural values are ethical and worthwhile to uphold. Fun, fast environment where an associate can learn a significant amount of great food preparation.” —Current Associate
Their Cause: “The Darden family of restaurants features some of the most recognizable and successful brands in full-service dining: Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House. In 2017, the Darden Foundation has donated $1.7 million to Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger-relief organization, as the company focuses its philanthropy on providing food for people who need it. Since 2003, the company has been donating unserved food from its restaurants through Darden Harvest. The food is distributed through partner agencies.”
Where Hiring: Orlando, FL; Charlotte, NC; Augusta, GA; Naples, FL; Chicago, IL; McDonough, GA & more.
What Roles: Senior QA Team Leader, Senior Support Analyst, Supply Chain Intern, Restaurant Manager, Senior Web Analyst, Sous Chef, Managing Partner & more
What Employees Say: “Structured work environment, culture and values clearly outlined, potential to grow within the company.” —Current Employee
Their Cause: “Kellogg has a global signature cause, Breakfasts for Better Days™, to create 3 billion Better Days for people in need. Kellogg and its employees will accomplish this goal by volunteering at local food banks, working with nonprofit partners to help more kids in need have access to breakfast, donating food destined for disaster sites and hunger relief programs, and by supporting programs for smallholder and women farmers to help them increase yields and income.”
Where Hiring: Battle Creek, MI; Pikeville, KY; Hackensack, NJ; Upper Marlboro, MD; Blue Anchor, NJ; Atlanta, GA; Kansas City, KS & more.
What Roles: Senior Manager of Sales Operations, Master Planner, Part-Time Retail Display Associate, Sales Representative, Account Executive, Maintenance Supervisor, Brand Manager, Mixer Operator, Kashi Key Account Executive & more.
What Employees Say: “A lot of autonomy in this position. With this position there is a lot of travel requiring that you be away from family quite often, but Kellogg makes up for this with a very healthy supplemental benefits package.” —Former Sales Representative
Their Cause: “Yum’s 1.5 million employees across the globe come together to end world hunger by contributing money that helps feed beneficiaries of the WFP and other hunger related agencies. Christina Aguilera’s 2015 World Hunger Relief PSAThrough the use of restaurant point of purchase materials, broadcast, print and online advertising and public service announcements featuring our global spokesperson and WFP ambassador, Christina Aguilera, the campaign has grown year over year with Yum! Brands being WFP’s largest corporate donor and partner.”
Where Hiring: Fort Hood, TX; Louisville, KY & more.
What Roles: Data Architect, Sr. Information Security Engineer, Data Analyst, Associate Manager, Director of Operations Delivery Experience, Product Owner, Sr. Analyst of HR Applications & more.
What Employees Say: “Great people overall. High salaries and good benefits. Motivational culture and generally a fun environment.” —Former Manager
Their Cause: “In fiscal 2015, General Mills donated more than $154 million to key initiatives that support communities around the globe, and we donated more than 23 million pounds of food to Feeding America’s 200 food banks across the U.S.”
Where Hiring: Berkeley, CA; Grand Rapids, MI; Minneapolis, MN; Belvidere, IL; Carson, CA; Wellston, OH; Joplin, MO & more
What Roles: Logistics Planner, Maintenance Mechanic, HR Manager, Lead Engineer, Associate Contracts Manager, Manufacturing Line Manager, Sourcing Analyst Intern, Quality Specialist & more.
What Employees Say: “Love my job! Great People and AWESOME opportunities. I look forward in advancing in this career/job!” —Current Employee
Their Cause: “Giving back to its communities is a core value for Morgan Stanley, and for more than 40 years, the Firm has been committed to helping children get a healthy start to life. Having access to food is essential to this mission. The firm has committed $21 million to Feeding America Child Hunger-Relief Programs. Since Morgan Stanley’s partnership with Feeding America launched in 2009, over 11,000 employees have volunteered more than 60,000 hours with Feeding America food banks, and over 50 million meals have been distributed.”
Where Hiring: Oakland, CA; Jackson, MI; Burlingame, CA; South Jordan, UT; Temple Terrace, FL; New York, NY; Palo Alto, CA; Dallas, TX & more.
What Roles: Attorney, Registered Associate, Client Service Associate, Invent Banking Generalist, Regional Training Officer, Service Associate, Regional Diversity Officer, Business Development Associate, Resident Manager & more.
What Employees Say: “Professional, well-respected, good benefits, opportunities for internal job mobility.” —Current Employee
Their Cause: “For the past 15 years, Cisco’s helped raise more than $40 million and deliver nearly 160 million meals as part of its global hunger relief campaigns. We’ve changed millions of lives through our efforts to fight hunger, and now we’ve expanded our impact beyond the global hunger crisis.”
Where Hiring: San Francisco, CA; San Jose, CA; Denver, CO; Herndon, VA; Austin, TX; Houston, TX; Overland Park, KS & more.
What Roles: Global Account Manager, Territory Account Manager, Director of Sales, Systems Engineer, Product Materials Manager, Strategic Marketing Manager, Technical Leader & more.
What Employees Say: “Cisco creates conscious citizens that are culturally responsible and push beyond their wildest imagination. I encourage you to find an opportunity here at Cisco, I promise you will have a lasting career. #LoveWhereYouWork.” —Current Senior Marketing Program Manager
Their Cause: “In October 2014, Walmart announced a commitment to create a more sustainable food system, with a focus on improving the affordability of food by lowering the “true cost” of food for both customers and the environment, increasing access to food, making healthier eating easier, and improving the safety and transparency of the food chain. This commitment includes a goal of providing four billion meals to those struggling with hunger in the U.S. by 2020.”
Where Hiring: Bentonville, AR; Muscatine, IA; Marcy, NY; El Dorado, KS; Albuquerque, NM; San Bruno, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Orlando, FL & more.
What Roles: Quality Engineer, Vision Center Manager, Hourly Department Supervisor, Programmer Analyst, Freight Handler, OTR Driver, HVAC Refrigeration Technician, Pharmacy Manager, Advanced Database Administrator & more.
What Employees Say: “Pay is GREAT. They treat you like a friend. Very understanding about your situation as well. This will be my first job and it’s probably the best decision I could have made.” —Current Maintenance Employee
Their Cause: “Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Our mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.”
Where Hiring: Tampa, FL; Chicago, IL; Washington DC & more.
What Roles: Data & Research Specialist, Advocacy Associate, Executive Assistant, Website Marketing Manager, Member Grants Intern & more.
What Employees Say: “The organization cares about ending hunger, very noble. Pays it’s employees well, good morale among co-workers.” —Former Employee
Meals on Wheels
Their Cause: “Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity.”
Where Hiring: Austin, TX
What Roles: Personal Care Attendant, Accounts Payable Assistant, Housekeeping Attendant & more.
What Employees Say: “Wonderful hard-working staff, great cause to support.” —Former Employer
Their Cause: “For 60 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.”
Where Hiring: New York, NY; London, England & more.
What Roles: Senior Recruitment Associate, Youth Engagement Advisor, Director of Advocacy, Principal Gifts Lead, Philanthropy Manager & more.
What Employees Say: “It has an incredible mandate, helping children around the world through development and humanitarian projects. The work environment is usually friendly and the organization treats is staff very well compared to other UN agencies.” —Former Program Specialist
Their Cause: “Indigo is a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet. With a vision of creating a world where farming is an economically desirable and accessible profession, Indigo works alongside its growers to apply natural approaches, grow healthy food for all, and conserve resources for future generations.”
Where Hiring: Boston, MA; Memphis, TN; Atlanta GA & more.
What Roles: Lead Software Engineer, Senior Software Engineer, Southeast Agronomist, Regulatory Manager, Grain Merchandiser, VP of Logistics and Transportation, International People Partner & more.
What Employees Say: “The mission bold and, more importantly, everyone from the bottom to the top believes in it and are working to make it a reality.” —Current Employee
Campbell Soup Company
Their Cause: “Access to fresh, nutritious and affordable food is a hallmark of our collective impact program, Campbell’s Healthy Communities, which operates in our hometown communities to address issues of food security, nutrition education, health and well-being. Camden, New Jersey, a town of 77,000 residents and home of Campbell’s World Headquarters, has only one full-service grocery store and was our initial focus. This $10 million, 10-year initiative is directed toward measurably improving the health of young people in our hometown communities.”
Where Hiring: Camden, NJ; Richmond, UT; Pleasanton, CA; Paris, TX & more.
What Roles: Quality Coordinator, Director of Sales Strategy, Territory Sales Representative, Customer Sales Lead, QA Technician, Materials Planner, Customer Logistics Manager, Food Safety Sanitation Manager & more.
What Employees Say: “Many opportunities to contribute and make a difference, provided one has some connections and some ambition.” —Current Employee
Their Cause: “We’re partnering with SAVE FOOD, a group that works closely with the Food and Agriculture Organizations and the United Nations Environment Programme to create awareness of and help prevent food loss. Our efforts include responsible sourcing and consumer education, as well as work with the World Resources Institute to develop a global standard to measure and evaluate food loss and waste in the food supply chain.”
Where Hiring: Cincinnati, OH; Medford, WI; San Francisco, CA; Arlington, VA & more.
What Roles: Line Operator, Director of Strategy Development, Manager of Programmatic/Audience Strategy, Merchandiser, Warehouse Associate, Retail Merchandiser, Global Manager of Digital Innovation & more.
What Employees Say: “Great company culture, increasing focus on process improvement, fairly flexible, a lot of opportunity for internal growth, high pay compared to other companies.” —Current Employee
Their Cause: “Conagra Brands partners with Feeding America and its network of 200 food banks across the U.S. Together, we increase access to innovative programs such as Hunger Free Summer and improve capacity at local food banks. A key initiative is our investment in Child Hunger Corps, a capacity-building program that evaluates community needs, ultimately expanding the impact of child hunger relief programs.”
Where Hiring: Archibald, OH; Omaha, NE; Milton, PA; Louisville, KY; Kent, WA; Rogers, AR & more.
What Roles: Sr. Financial Analyst, Maintenance Technician, Director of HR, Food Process Engineering Intern, Manager of Retirement & Compliance, Associate Analytics Manager, Forklift Receiving, Blending Operator, Industrial Boiler Operator, & more.
What Employees Say: “New CEO and leadership is changing the cultural and moving the company in the right direction. Nice company to work for.” —Current Procurement Manager
Kraft Heinz Company
Their Cause: “The Kraft Heinz Company Foundation is Growing A Better World through our mission of aligning our people, products and partnerships to help eliminate global hunger. The company promotes employee volunteerism and has made an impact through strategic investments to address hunger and improve nutrition, both globally and in the areas where our employees live and work.”
Where Hiring: Jacksonville, FL; Fullerton, CA; Chicago, IL; Rogers, AR; Holland, MI & more.
What Roles: Senior Buyer, Sanitation Supervisor, Electro Mechanical Technician, Senior Analyst, Associate Manager of Marketing, Customer Business Analyst, Senior Benefits Specialist, Engineering Manager & more.
What Employees Say: “Opportunities abound, if you’re eager you can seek them out and succeed no problem. Now that Heinz is involved there is a culture of success driven by performance only which can challenge relationships, humanity and personal growth. Find a balance for you.” —Former Employee
Their Cause: “In 2017, Sam’s Club launched the ‘Meals from Members’ campaign to support Feeding America®, the largest hunger-relief and food rescue organization in the United States. The nationwide campaign will help fight hunger by securing up to 2.5 million meals on behalf of local Feeding America member food banks.”
Where Hiring: Bentonville, AR; Gurnee, IL; Dubuque, IA; Springfield, MO; Yuba City, CA; Egans, CO; Paducah, KY; Farmington, NM & more.
What Roles: Optometrist, Pre-Grad Intern, Assistant Manager, Hourly Employees, Assistant Manager, Senior Statistical Analyst, Director of Software Engineering, Principal Technical Expert, Senior Manager of Packaging & more.
What Employees Say: “Friendly and accountable staff. Great work environment, management gave a lot of incentive for staff.” —Former Cashier
Their Cause: Tableau donated a $1.9 million in-kind grant to Feeding America which will provide Tableau software licenses to all 200 food banks in the Feeding America network. “Tableau will help our food banks turn spreadsheets into interactive visualizations that answer questions and inform decisions. Everyone involved in supporting their local food bank – from staff to donors, volunteers and government leaders – will be able to see and understand the data,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. “Tableau will convey data regarding food, funds and the people served by each individual food bank. As a result, Tableau will help food banks take a giant step forward to creating a culture of data-driven decision making throughout the network, so that they can better serve their communities.”
Where Hiring: Seattle, WA; New York, NY; Washington DC; Austin, TX & more.
What Roles: Software Engineer, Financial Analyst, Product Development Recruiter, Corporate Attorney, Director of Sales, Product Consultant, Content Strategist, Senior Director of Recruiting & more.
What Employees Say: “Great work culture, supportive team and managers, innovative and open to new ideas, creative workforce, fun quarterly and yearly events.” —Current Sales Area Manager
1 Coleman-Jensen, A., Gregory, C., & Singh, A. “Household Food Security in the United States in 2013.” USDA Economic Research Service, 2014.