The BRI team is committed to giving back to the community. We support and participate in local and international charitable causes and educational efforts. Recent events include:
2016 Holiday Food Drive for Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
For several years, BRI has supported the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle through a variety of programs, including its BackPack Buddies Program and holiday food drives. The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is an innovative hunger-relief organization serving seven counties in and around the Triangle. Many children in the Triangle depend on the Food Shuttle’s BackPack Buddies Program for nutritious food during the weekends and holidays when they do not have access to school-provided meals. For the third year in a row, the BRI team held a food drive to support the Food Shuttle during the holiday season. BRI employees came together and collected 1,384 pounds of food this year, which was even more than the previous year! We are so proud of our entire team and their on-going commitment to help fight hunger in our community.
2016 Inter-Faith Food Shuttle – BackPack Buddies Program
For the fifth year, BRI was a proud sponsor of the Annual Taste of Hope Gala to benefit the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. The Gala, held at The Umstead Hotel and Spa on January 31, featured several gourmet courses, each created by a different celebrity chef. In addition, volunteers from BRI went on two separate afternoons to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle warehouse to help pack nutritious items into bags for NC school children involved in the BackPack Buddies program. These meals benefit hungry school children in North Carolina. BRI employees packed more than 300 bags in our ongoing effort to help feed the world.
2015 Inter-Faith Food Shuttle – BackPack Buddies Program
BRI has had an on-going relationship with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle for several years, including support of the BackPack Buddies Program. Many children in Wake County depend on this program to have food to eat over weekends and holidays when they do not have access to school -provided meals.
Our team wanted to take support of children in need to a new level this holiday season. Employees were challenged to outdo our contribution from the past year, and a friendly competition ensued. The employees at our two facilities together contributed 2024 nourishing food items, at a total weight of 1157 pounds versus 450 pounds in 2014!
Our CEO Giles initiated support of this program at BRI, but it has now become a total team commitment. We are very happy to be able to share our good fortune with children who need it most.
BECHS Students Experience the Wonders of Biotechnology
BRI has expanded its community involvement by partnering with NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to encourage young people in the Triangle area to consider career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). During July, BRI hosted students from the Bertie Early College High School (BECHS) for an experiential education in the company’s biotechnology center at RTP. The program featured presentations, discussions, and hands-on activities.
The students from BECHS came away from the experience with a new understanding of and enthusiasm for biotechnology. “The quality, passion and enthusiasm of the BRI team made a tangible impact on the BECHS students”, said Dr. Matthew Koci, leader of the NCSU program.
Nourish International Hunger Lunch
Nourish International is a student movement that partners with communities to make a lasting impact on extreme poverty. To support Nourish International, BRI sponsored a company-wide Hunger Lunch during which BRI employees enjoyed a lunch of rice, beans and cornbread. Sharing this meal which is typical for many people in developing countries, reminded us of the daily struggles faced by those living in extreme poverty, and our professional and personal responsibility to contribute to reducing world hunger.
2014 Inter-Faith Food Shuttle BackPack Buddies Program
BRI continued its support of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle by contributing to the 2014 BackPack Buddies Program. BackPack Buddies provides North Carolina children in food-insecure homes with healthy weekend meals during the school year. More than 50 BRI employees, families and friends joined together to collect 450 pounds of food which was used to fill back packs given to area children to ensure they have healthy food to eat on the days they are not in school.
2014 Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure
On June 14th at Meredith College, an enthusiastic group of BRI team members, friends and family joined over 15,000 volunteers, runners and survivors in Raleigh to participate in the 18th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The BRI team, sporting T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan “Progress grows out of motion – Keep moving and let’s cure cancer,” honored breast cancer survivors, those who have fought the disease, and raised funds and awareness for a disease that affects so many women.
NC State University Park Scholars Leadership Seminar at NC Biotech Center
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
2013 Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure
On June 8th at Meredith College, BRI team members, friends and family joined over 15,000 volunteers, runners and survivors in downtown Raleigh to participate in the 17th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Despite the threat of bad weather, the BRI team, “Spunky Chickens,” were proud to support an event that celebrates survivors, honors those who have fought, and raises funds and awareness for a disease that affects so many women.
Stop Hunger Now’s Meal Packing Event at Lonerider Brewery
BRI partnered with local companies to support a Stop Hunger Now Meal Packing event at Lonerider Brewery in Raleigh on Monday, May 6. Stop Hunger Now is a Raleigh-based international relief agency that has been coordinating the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to families all over the world since 1998.On the evening of May 6, volunteers from BRI and around the Triangle helped pack 20,000 meals consisting of dehydrated rice, beans and other nutritious ingredients. These meals were then shipped to countries with under-nourished populations and help support ongoing development programs there.“It’s our pleasure and privilege to sponsor a Stop Hunger Now Meal Packing event this year. As a company that is focused on sustainable solutions to help feed the world, BRI believes we must improve both food production and distribution in order to feed a growing world,” said CEO Giles Shih, adding, “Stop Hunger Now’s vision of ‘a world without hunger’ resonates especially well with us.”
NC Biotech Center’s AgBiotech Careers Event
BRI CEO Giles Shih shared his perspective and experience as an agricultural biotech entrepreneur at the April 29 NCBiotech Jobs Network event titled “Grow Your Future.”The event, organized by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in Research Triangle Park, NC, was the latest in a series of monthly get-togethers for mid-career biotech and life-science job seekers, recruiters, and company representatives. NCBiotech Job Network is one of the center’s workforce development initiatives, where participants are encouraged to share career information, ideas, and opportunities.In addition to Dr. Shih, panelists from Syngenta, AgCareers.com, and Advanced Animal Diagnostics talked about qualities that agbiotech companies look for in potential employees, suggested how applicants can transition to and position themselves for jobs in the industry, and gave tips on how to network effectively. A video of the panel discussion has been uploaded to the blog post about the event.For more information about future NCBiotech Jobs Network events, please visit theNCBiotech Jobs Network website.
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
For the third year in a row, BRI is a proud sponsor of the Annual Taste of Hope Gala to benefit the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.The Gala, held at The Umstead Hotel and Spa on January 20, featured several gourmet courses, each created by a different celebrity chef.Said BRI CEO Dr. Giles Shih, “It is a pleasure and privilege for BRI to be a sponsor of the Taste of Hope Gala for the third year in a row. The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle continues to create innovative solutions to fighting hunger in the local community, from redistributing perishable food to those in need, to their Backpack Buddies program for schoolchildren, as well as to the development of urban farms that provide fresh vegetables and teach farming techniques in urban areas.”
NCSU Poultry Science Department History
BRI announces the publication of the definitive history of the Department of Poultry Science at NC State University. The publication of this history, compiled by Department Head Emeritus Gerald B. Havenstein, was partially funded by BRI. The 474-page volume about the department and other poultry-related programs at NC State features photos, historical facts, indexes, and a searchable CD compilation of publications spanning 130 years (1881-2010).“We are pleased to underwrite the publication costs of this definitive history that Dr. Gerald Havenstein has spent the last six years to compile,” said Giles Shih, CEO of BioResource International. “This publication shows the depth and breadth of the groundbreaking work that has been conducted by the faculty, students, and research fellows over the years. We are proud to be part of that history and to carry on the legacy of research that impacts the poultry industry in a positive and useful way.”