Faurecia works to assist local food pantries

Faurecia is uniting with its employees to sponsor the annual Faurecia Unites with Employees for Local Service to benefit local food banks.

In its eighth year, more than 20,000 Faurecia employees from across the United States, Canada and Mexico commit to donating food and money to local food bank partners.

The effort includes the local Faurecia employees in Columbus, who are participating with employees from 46 manufacturing plants and research and development facilities in the overall goal to raise enough to fund more than 1 million meals for hungry individuals.

Faurecia matched monetary donations collected at U.S. sites, including Columbus, during the first week of September and donated that amount to the Houston Food Bank to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, the company said in a news release.

The Houston Food Bank is America’s largest food bank in distribution to a network of 600 hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties. The food bank provides 83 million meals to food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other agencies, feeding 800,000 people each year.

“Corporate Social Responsiblity is an important part of Faurecia’s mission worldwide, and FUELS is a channel through which we can make good on this mission in North America,” said Kevin Lammers, president of Faurecia USA Holdings, Inc. “Through FUELS, employees are encouraged to work together to give back to their communities, and, as a result, we can continue strengthening and building upon the valuable partnerships — with people, places and organizations — that have been integral to our success. We all benefit.”

To meet food donation goals, Faurecia sites host a variety of fundraisers and competitions to inspire employees to give back in creative ways. In the past, Faurecia sites have had chili cook-off competitions, golf outings, car washes, dunk tanks, picnics, obstacle courses and kickball tournaments.

In 2016, Faurecia employees donated more than 1.1 million meals through their various initiatives.

About Faurecia

Founded in 1997, Faurecia has grown to become a major player in the global automotive industry with 330 sites including 30 research and development centers and 100,000 employees in 34 countries.

The company is now a global leader in automotive seating, interior systems and clean mobility. In 2016, the company posted total sales of $18.7 billion.

For more information, visit faurecia.com.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.