Viacom employees set aside the days around Thanksgiving as a Week of Giving, combating hunger both locally and abroad by assembling meal kits and delivering meals to homebound local elders. As a new hire, I chose to join volunteers in order to better immerse myself in Viacom’s unique corporate culture during a time of year when the company emphasizes care and compassion for others.
On the Monday before Thanksgiving, employees gathered at long tables bunched into the cafeteria at our Times Square headquarters. In partnership with international hunger relief group Stop Hunger Now, we boxed meals that consisted of rice, soy, and fortified vegetables onto pallets. Volunteers sang along as music blasted through the room, and an emcee rang a giant gong for every two thousand meals that we packaged. In just two hours, our group of energetic Viacom employees boxed 20,000 meals. After the event, the organization sent them abroad to be distributed to some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.