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Watch now: San Francisco, Newark airports go head-to-head for a good cause

By The Hub team, July 12, 2017

It was an East Coast versus West Coast showdown as teams of employees, NFL players and customers rolled up their sleeves at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) on July 12 for a cross-country competition to see who could pack the most meals for individuals in hunger crisis in Haiti. The initiative, spearheaded by our Community Affairs team, helped us shine a light on Rise Against Hunger's mission to combat world hunger and showcased how our employees provide critical assistance to the organization.

We partnered with the NFL to arrange the friendly competition between the two airports with players from both teams and more than 350 employees participated in the event. Taking place simultaneously in gate areas at each airport — Gates 93-95 at EWR and Gate 71B at SFO — and a thermometer sign tracked the teams' overall progress. The commotion even attracted customers, who, intrigued by the commotion, jumped in to volunteer as well.

Employees ann NFL players go head-to-head at SFO and  EWR for Rise Against Hunger cause

Customer Lylah Williamson, who was traveling out of EWR back to her hometown of Sydney, Australia walked past Gates 93-95 and jumped in to participate.

"At the conference that I went to, many of the topics were about the global issues of the world. What I'm passionate about is just helping people in general, and there are many people in the world that go hungry every day," said Ms. Williamson. "Something like this provides us all with an opportunity to help so I didn't hesitate to jump in and help. I don't think there's a better way to help kill my time while I wait for my flight."

Aircraft Appearance Representative Clare O'Donovan said, "It was very enjoyable. Once we got the flow down, we really got to packing. It was great having the Giants players helping us out too. Our team signed up to participate together, so it was a great team activity."

EWR Customer Service Representative Roberto Diaz said, "I signed up to participate because I wanted to do something that will help others. This shows that our company cares about going above and beyond for a good cause."

Employees pack food items for Rise Against Hunger and SFO, EWR airports

In the end, SFO prevailed, packing 20,000 meals in under two hours. In total, both teams packed about 40,000 meals that will be sent to combat malnourishment in Haiti. Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world's most vulnerable communities.

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