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IES and the Outreach Program to Package 40,000 Meals for Ukraine


High-protein meals will support refugee relief efforts in the region.


SAN DIEGO: with The Outreach Program at Torrey Pines Church at 8320 La Jolla Scenic Drive North, San Diego, CA 92037 on Saturday, June 18th at 10am to package 40,000 high-protein meals to be shipped into Eastern Europe.

More than 100 volunteers will work together on a hands-on assembly-line style project, reaching their goal of 40,000 meals in less than 2 hours. The nutrient-dense, shelf-stable, protein-rich, and easy to prepare meals are formulated in collaboration with Iowa State University’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

“IES is honored to partner with the Outreach Program California to help package and send nutritious, high-protein meals to refugees displaced by the war in Ukraine. IES employees gathered their own money to donate $2,500, while IES matched the employee donations. In total, donating $5,000 to the Outreach Program California. Our employees are excited for the opportunity to contribute and help Ukraine. We have a team of volunteers ready to package thousands of meals.” – Kara Hertzog, President of IES

“With an estimated 4 million Ukrainians displaced by the conflict, the need for food in the region is increasing by the week. But we can help,” says Chris Romero, West Coast Regional Manager for The Outreach Program. “By bringing volunteers together to package these meals, we hope to inspire more volunteerism and provide a way for people in Southern California to positively impact what’s going on in Ukraine.”

Founded in the Midwest, The Outreach Program was the first to engineer the meal packaging process back in 2004 and has since helped volunteer groups across the country package and donate over 675 million meals to domestic and international feeding organizations. The Outreach Program, in partnership with donors and packaging associates across the US, has already packed and shipped more than 3.3 million meals into Ukraine’s neighboring countries for humanitarian relief.


For more information about how to get involved or to register your group or an individual:

Chris Romero

Phone: 641-849-7427



About Innovative Employee Solutions

Innovative Employee Solutions (IES) is a leading provider of global Employer of Record services that specializes in payrolling and contractor management in more than 150 countries for today’s contingent workforce. Founded in 1974 in San Diego, IES has grown into one of the city’s largest women-owned businesses, certified by the WBENC, and named one of SDBJ’s “Best Places to Work” for 10 years in a row.

IES developed a program called “IES Cares” that supports the volunteer efforts of non-profit organizations. Every year, IES provides employees with paid volunteer hours. On average, our IES employees spend 450 annual work hours volunteering at organizations that IES supports and donates to in addition to volunteering for their own personal causes. The IES Cares program is now the foundation of our corporate culture of servant leadership and employee engagement.

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About The Outreach Program

The Outreach Program was started by Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton of Union Iowa.  A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Outreach has helped to package more than 675 million meals that have been distributed across the United States and around the world.  Outreach Meal Packaging Events are set up across the United States to engage businesses, religious and civic organizations, schools, and volunteers of all ages to package nutritious meals for the hungry.  Co-Founders Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton were recently invited to the White House by President Barack Obama and former President George H.W. Bush to be honored with the 5,000th Point of Light Award.  As a recipient of the top “Four Star” rating from Charity Navigator and GuideStar’s Exchange Seal for transparency, Outreach is committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged individuals. For more information, visit:

For more information about The Outreach Program, please call Chris Romero at: 641-849-7427 (cell), or email: