Thursday, September 13, 2012
Two months ago KAKE News told you local company Numana, which packages food for hungry people across the world, fired their entire staff including the company's founder and director. A company representative tells us the reason for the massive change in staff was simply to be able to feed more people.
Numana employees just got back from delivering food to families in Nairobi, Kenya.
KAKE photojournalist Greg Alexander went on that trip with them and found out the group decided it was time to refocus, and restructure, so they could put all their resources into feeding starving people.
“The kids that we saw today, they don't get a regular meal at all, this was a meal that they got probably more food in one day than they have in a long time,” Numana employee Jay Lewis said.
The delivery mission came just a few months after the company's entire staff was terminated.
"Numana has undergone some pretty dramatic changes recently and one of the things the board wanted to do was to get back to our original mission of just feeding kids,” Lewis said.
Lewis says to get back to their mission, they had to free up resources. They did away with corporate positions and the marketing department. Six of the former employees were hired back on with a new, more focused job description: find partners to help package food and deliver them to hungry people.
"We want to feed starving people. That's our mission, that's our goal, that's our purpose,” Lewis said.
Lewis says the big changes are paying off. Last year, from September to December, they delivered 400,000 packages of food. On the recent trip alone, they delivered half a million boxes of food put together by volunteers back in Wichita.
Lewis says they're not done yet. By the end of the year, he expects to put two million more packages of food in the hands of hungry people all over the world which would bring their 2012 total to more than 5 million packages delivered.