NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LivePerson Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN), a leader in intelligent engagement solutions, and Feeding NYC, a local non-profit organization, today announced the upcoming 10-year anniversary of the FeedingNYC project. LivePerson employees and over 300 FeedingNYC volunteers will mark this significant milestone on November 22, 2011 by continuing the tradition of packing and delivering Thanksgiving dinner to thousands of sheltered families in New York City's five boroughs.
In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, volunteers of FeedingNYC and friends and families of LivePerson gather to package and load boxes of food, which are then hand-delivered to shelters throughout the city, which include those partnered with Women in Need and City Harvest. Over the past ten years, more than 20,000 Thanksgiving meals have been distributed to families facing hunger during the holiday season.
"This has been a particularly difficult year, as the number of New Yorkers living under the poverty line reaches 20 percent—the highest level in a decade," said Robert LoCascio, CEO of LivePerson, Inc., who conceived FeedingNYC in 2001. "We feel that it is important to connect with local families on this special day and help them celebrate the tradition of Thanksgiving."
For the fifth year, Chelsea Piers has generously donated Pier 60 to serve as FeedingNYC's headquarters on November 22nd. Volunteers will begin packing boxes at midnight on November 21st and teams will start delivering to shelters on the afternoon of November 22nd. With the generous support of FlatRate Moving, Manhattan Mini Storage, Wegman's, Chelsea Piers, and Robin Hood Foundation, FeedingNYC will feed more than 2,500 disadvantaged families this year.
"In its first year, FeedingNYC delivered 40 meals to families in need. Last year, in partnership with Robin Hood Foundation we fed thousands of families throughout the five boroughs. It's inspiring to see how much the program has grown, thanks to the dedication and generosity of our volunteers and sponsors," continued Robert LoCascio.
FeedingNYC is sponsored by LivePerson's global corporate giving program, LivePerson Cares. Other charitable organizations supported by LivePerson Cares include Project Open Hand in Atlanta and Dawn to Dusk in the UK.
For more information on FeedingNYC, please visit: http://www.feedingnyc.org.
For more information on LivePerson Cares and its affiliate programs, please visit: http://www.liveperson.com/about/lp-cares.
LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN) offers a platform that enables businesses to proactively connect in real-time with their customers via chat, voice, and content delivery at the right time, through the right channel, including websites, social media, and mobile devices. This "intelligent engagement" is driven by real-time behavioral analytics, producing connections based on a true understanding of business objectives and customer needs.
More than 8,500 companies rely on LivePerson's platform to increase conversions and improve customer experience, including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Verizon, Sky, Walt Disney, PNC, QVC and Orbitz.
LivePerson has received the CODiE award for Best Ecommerce Solution in 2011, and has been named one of America's 25 Fastest-Growing Tech Companies by Forbes in 2011, and a Company of the Year by Frost and Sullivan in 2010. LivePerson is headquartered in New York City with offices in San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Atlanta, London and Melbourne, Australia.
For more information, please visit www.liveperson.com.
FeedingNYC was conceived by LivePerson CEO Rob LoCascio in the aftermath of 9/11 when the employees and friends of LivePerson assembled and hand-delivered turkey dinners to disadvantaged families around New York for Thanksgiving. With the support of the local community and corporate sponsors, the project which began with feeding 40 families in Harlem in 2001 has since grown to feed more than 20,000 families throughout the five boroughs to date. Please visit www.feedingnyc.org to learn how to get involved.
SOURCE LivePerson, Inc.