Alliance for Physical Therapy Quality and Innovation Donates $25K to Rise Against Hunger to Support Meal Packaging Events

Charitable donation will help support efforts to serve 180,000 meals 

HOUSTON – The Alliance for Physical Therapy Quality and Innovation (APTQI) today announced its support for Rise Against Hunger, a national nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger by 2030, by donating $25,000 to help feed individuals in need. The generous donation will be used to support one of Rise Against Hunger’s signature Meal Packaging Events in 5 cities: Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; Chattanooga, TN; Kansas City, MO; and Harrisburg, PA.  APTQI Executive Director Nick Patel presented the check to Rise Against Hunger today at their Houston packaging location.

In total, nearly 600 volunteers will come together to provide an estimated 180,000 meals (approximately 36,000 meals in each of the 5 cities). Rise Against Hunger’s Meal Packaging Events are a volunteer-based program that coordinates the streamlined packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables and 23 essential vitamins and minerals. After packaging, the meals are shipped to countries around the globe and distributed to beneficiaries in critical need. 

“As advocates for good health and wellness, we are proud to help address hunger, an issue that impacts individuals and families across the globe,” said Nick Patel, Executive Director of APTQI. “The APTQI is proud to support Rise Against Hunger’s Meal Packaging Events to continue our commitment to charitable giving.”

Rise Against Hunger operates meal packaging locations in 25 cities throughout the U.S., including Houston, and five international locations in South Africa, Malaysia, the Philippines, Italy and India. In the past year, more than 398,000 volunteers from corporations, churches, schools and civic organizations packaged Rise Against Hunger meals. Since 1998, volunteers in the U.S. and worldwide have packaged more than 439 million meals and provided aid in the form of emergency relief, medical supplies, clothing, school supplies and more to people in need.

APTQI member companies contributing to this donation include Athletico Physical Therapy, ATI Physical Therapy, CORA Physical Therapy, Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, Ivy Rehab Network, Select Physical Therapy, Upstream Rehabilitation, and U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc.

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About Alliance for Physical Therapy Quality and Innovation (APTQI)

The Alliance for Physical Therapy Quality and Innovation (APTQI) unites physical therapy practices to advocate for the physical therapy profession in the areas of payment reform, quality initiatives, outcomes and innovation projects. We are an aligned group of therapists and practices who share a common vision for the future of our profession. Our goal is to establish physical therapy as the treatment of choice and the best value for patients and payers.