Hunger Action month is a nationwide effort led by the Feeding America Network, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. According to the Feeding America website, one in six Americans struggle with hunger, making it a national issue beyond the stereotype of the poor or homeless. Thirty-six percent of individuals served by Feeding America have at least one working adult in their home, and only 10 percent of the client households served are homeless. As individuals and members of organizations we can do our part to make a difference. Here are just a few examples of how our member companies have partnered with Feeding America to provide their support to this cause.
Target works with Feeding America to create food pantries in schools to offer school-provided meals to children. Laysha Ward, President of Target Community relations says, “Together, we can end hunger and give all children the quality education they deserve regardless of race or socioeconomic status.”On June 30, 2013 target also launched FEED USA +
Target, a program with which they hope to engage consumers to provide meals to 1 million people, delivered through a partnership with Feeding America. The time-limited campaign is a special collection of approximately 50 retail products with prices ranging from $3 to $400, and each piece displays the number of meals donated to Feeding America resulting from the purchase.
Every year ConAgra partners with Feeding America to utilize its resources as a food company to help end food insecurity in America by increasing awareness and providing donations. As part of the “Child Hunger Ends Here” program, ConAgra donates the monetary equivalent of one meal to someone in need for every entry code that customers submit from their ConAgra packaged foods. ConAgra also donates nearly two million nutritious meals per month through Feeding America’s network of food banks across the nation.
Campbell’s Soup Co. regularly works with Feeding America to provide soup and other nutritious meals to Americans struggling with food insecurity and hunger. Each year, the company partners with Feeding America and the National Association of Letter Carriers to offer “Stamp Out Hunger,” which is described as the nation’s largest single-day food drive. Campbell’s Soup Co. donated one million pounds of food—more than 800,000 meals —to Feeding America member food banks in 2013.
If you would like more information on how to fight Hunger in America you can visit www.feedingamerica.org, where you will find resources on how you can contribute to the cause through several programs and services, as well as a network of over 200 food banks across the country. We would also love to hear how your company is fighting hunger in America, please share your comments below.