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Plastics Industry Association to Host First Ever Community Service Event at NPE2024

Mar 15, 2024


Washington D.C.— The Plastics Industry Association will host their first ever community service event at NPE2024: The Plastics Show. The initiative, in partnership with Alliance Specialties and Laser Sales and U.S. Hunger, will offer NPE attendees an opportunity to volunteer with industry professionals while making a difference in the fight against hunger. 

“Orlando has consistently proven itself to be an outstanding host for NPE and with appreciation, the plastics industry looks forward to the opportunity to give back,” said Whitney Taveras PLASTICS’ Director of Industry Engagement (Equipment). “We are excited for this partnership and to host this event as our industry is dedicated to supporting local communities and encourage all NPE participants to attend, or donate, to U.S. Hunger.  We’re happy to participate in the packaging of essential meals for the community especially as plastic material protects and preserves food better than any other material ensuring that more people can get the nutrition they need.”

“NPE is the largest plastics trade show in the Americas, and it provides a great opportunity to do something amazing for the community of Orlando,” said Tony Demakis, President of Alliance Specialties and Laser Sales. “The reality of many attendees coming together and giving their time to serve and care for others can change lives forever.”

“There’s nothing stronger than people coming together to help their neighbors in need,” said Rick Whitted, CEO of U.S. Hunger. “We’re thankful to the Plastics Industry Association for joining in and packing 20,000 meals for the community. It shows just how much we can do when we all pitch in.” 

The NPE2024 community service event aims to pack 20,000 meals which will all be donated to the local Orlando community. This event will be held on Wednesday, May 8, from 11am to 3pm ET in the West Building, Meeting Room, W208C and is open to all NPE attendees. Attendees unable to participate but still interested in supporting this event can click here to donate. All funds raised directly support this initiative and its impact.  

Over 55,000 individuals are projected to attend NPE2024, the largest plastics trade show in the Americas from May 6-10, 2024 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. NPE will gather over 2,000 exhibitors to showcase their latest products and innovations designed to drive business forward for every part of the plastics industry, along with over 100 educational sessions and brand-new keynotes from experts in the field. For more information about NPE2024 and to register, visit

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.


Camille Gallo