LyondellBasell volunteers donate food to Trinity Episcopal Church during Global Care Day


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EDISON – Understanding the value of time, resources and participation, LyondellBasell volunteers across the world safely engaged in various in-person and virtual projects focused on food security as part of the company’s 21st Annual Global Care Day.

On Oct. 17, more than 80 LyondellBasell locations participated, including the plant in Edison.

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LyondellBasell chose not to cancel this year’s event despite the pandemic and instead participated in service projects where volunteers spent their time focusing on the greater good within their communities, according to information provided by the company.

“With the global pandemic, it was important to focus this year’s Global Care Day on food insecurity projects, there are so many people around the world that are struggling to put food on their tables,” Antero Ortega, site manager, said in the statement.

This year, the Edison plant worked with Trinity Episcopal Church Food Bank to donate $2,500 worth of food to the organization.

In the midst of financial instability brought forth by COVID-19, this year’s Global Care Day theme was positioned around food security, and coincides with LyondellBasell’s global charitable contributions made earlier in the year to local food banks around the world in response to the pandemic, according to the statement.

LyondellBasell’s Global Care Day event showcased the positive impact a company can make in communities where they both live and operate, according to the statement. Volunteer projects included building micro food pantries, stocking shelves at local food pantries, collecting food for donation, and organizing drive-through food banks for individuals in need.

The look and feel of the 2020 event was different for volunteers than in years past due to the pandemic, but that did not stop #TeamLYB. With safety at the forefront, the company implemented COVID-19 precautions to ensure volunteers who participated in-person remained safe, according to the statement. These precautions included social distancing, eliminating the potential for groups to congregate and requiring facial coverings be worn to help protect against the spread of the virus.

LyondellBasell Edison Plant manufactures the company’s Avant ZN catalysts used in the production of polypropylene plastic resins. The location has been a manufacturing site since 1929, but has changed products and ownership many times. It is now a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility serving as the supplier of polyethylene and polypropylene catalysts to the company’s customers worldwide. These products are used in the manufacture of automotive parts, plastic toys, containers and home furnishings.

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