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NAFA Foundation organizes charitable project

NAFA Institute & Expo attendees pack over 40,000 meals for rise against hunger in one hour


June 5, 2018
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PRINCETON, N.J.—The NAFA Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization formed in 1976 to support the vehicle fleet industry, partnered with charity Rise Against Hunger during NAFA Fleet Management Association’s 2018 Institute & Expo to assemble meals for people in developing countries in one hour.

Hundreds of I&E attendees in Anaheim, Calif., volunteered to assemble bagged meals that consisted of dehydrated rice and soy protein that was fortified with vitamins and nutrients. The attendees assembled 40,172 of these meals in one hour. A large portion of the meals have been shipped by Rise Against Hunger to feed families in Cambodia.

“It was such an incredible feeling to see the response that this act of good will received from I&E attendees. While the NAFA Foundation is driven by the importance of advancing the fleet industry, it also recognizes the significance of lending a helping hand to people in need around the world,” said Phillip E. Russo, CAE, CEO of the NAFA Foundation. “This event was very empowering and uplifting for all attendees at I&E.”

This charitable project was just one of the recent activities undertaken by the NAFA Foundation. Within fleet, the foundation is involved in several developments influencing the fleet industry: the increasing partnership with procurement operations to develop robust combined results, and the “mobility” evolution that is impacting fleets around the world.

Some of the foundation’s other near-term initiatives include:

  • Releasing an issue definition paper that offers guidance on how fleet and procurement teams can form a productive partnership that fosters better fleet performance. This paper is now available, and can be downloaded for free through the NAFA website;
  • Teaming up with international mobility expert Lukas Neckermann to develop an in-depth white paper that will include steps for fleet managers to take to embrace mobility options; and
  • Presenting a webinar about the Neckermann mobility paper in early Fall 2018, followed by an in-person workshop on the subject next Spring.

The NAFA Foundation continues to seek contributions and donations throughout the fleet industry. It will utilize these gifts to engage in multiple efforts to increase the knowledge base of the fleet industry, guide professionals through the significant changes impacting fleet, and fund research to advance fleet professionals’ growth.