PLASTICS, Alliance and US Hunger Packs Over 21,000 Meals for Charity at NPE2024

Press release submitted on behalf of PLASTICS. 

The Plastics Industry Association announced over 21,000 meals were packed at the first ever community service event at NPE2024: The Plastics Show, exceeding the association’s goal of 20,000 meals. The event, in partnership with Alliance Specialties and Laser Sales and U.S. Hunger, saw over 70 volunteers, including NPE attendees and exhibitors, come together to make a difference in the fight against hunger. All meals were donated to Orlando’s Second Harvest Food Bank for distribution to the local community.

“I’m thrilled we were able to surpass our goal for this event,” said Whitney Taveras PLASTICS’ Director of Industry Engagement (Equipment). “We are grateful for the amazing team of volunteers who packed over 21,000 meals for those in need. The plastics industry is dedicated to supporting local communities and this initiative was a true testament to that mission.”

“We were able to accomplish an amazing act of service at NPE2024,” said Tony Demakis, President of Alliance Specialties and Laser Sales. “The event brought people together from across the plastics industry to serve others and make a difference for people in need in the local Orlando area. I’m so proud we exceeded our goal for this event and am thankful to PLASTICS and to all the volunteers.”

“We are so grateful to the Plastics Industry Association for choosing to make an impact through U.S. Hunger,” said U.S. Hunger CEO Rick Whitted. “Together, we’ve packed over 21,000 meals for Central Florida families in need, illustrating the power of partnership and community spirit. This extraordinary act of generosity not only addresses immediate hunger relief but also underscores the profound impact we can achieve when industries unite for a common cause.”

U.S. Hunger is a 501(c)(3) that has activated more than 950,000 volunteers to distribute over 160 million meals across the globe. We address hunger by engaging volunteers, educating on the root causes of food insecurity, and creating access to nutritious meals for low-income families. Learn more at

Alliance Specialties and Laser Sales has a goal to make a difference for its customers through gratitude, relationships, integrity, and tenacity. We are your home for American made laser welding and engraving solutions. We are mold builders who don’t build molds. Our expertise is complete injection mold finishing and maintenance needs, specializing in polishing, laser welding, engraving, mold maintenance and hot runner manifold repair, so that you don’t have to.

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is the only organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain, including Equipment Suppliers, Material Suppliers, Processors, and Recyclers, representing over one million workers in our $548 billion U.S. industry. PLASTICS advances the priorities of our members who are dedicated to investing in technologies that improve capabilities and advances in recycling and sustainability and providing essential products that allow for the protection and safety of our lives. Since 1937, PLASTICS has been working to make its members, and the seventh largest U.S. manufacturing industry, more globally competitive while supporting circularity through educational initiatives, industry-leading insights and events, convening opportunities and policy advocacy, including the largest plastics trade show in the Americas, NPE2024: The Plastics Show.