LAWRENCEVILLE -- The culmination of Cisco's annual Global Hunger Relief Campaign was held this week, a fundraising effort that aims to bring awareness to world hunger.
Locally, it benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Joe Chow, executive sponsor of Lawrenceville's Global Hunger Relief Campaign, presented Bill Bolling, executive director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, a $170,000 check toward the program.
The money was raised through employee cash contributions, matching gifts and volunteer hours.
To mark the occasion, Cisco staff built four structures out of canned food on the local campus including a pumpkin, lemon meringue pie, a Christmas tree and a Cisco soup can.
The tree and soup can alone were built using more than 2,000 cans each. They towered more than ten feet high. All of the cans used to build each structure will be donated.
Renee Byrd-Lewis, director of community relations, said hundreds of employees participated in the efforts.
Byrd-Lewis said hunger "is an issue that affects the world."
"With the continued economic downturn, it's taken on a new light," she said.
Added Byrd-Lewis: "One of (Cisco's) values is to give back to our communities, and this is one way that we encourage that."
Cisco is a corporation headquartered in San Jose, Calif., that designs and sells electronics, networking, voice, and communications technology and services.
Globally, Cisco's Global Hunger Relief Campaign hopes to raise $1 million in employee contributions.