Hunger remains a pressing issue in many communities across the U.S. That’s why, this past holiday season, Bank of America helped raise awareness about the economically devastating issue of hunger, and offered individuals a way to join us in extending the impact of the bank’s exclusive sponsorship of Feeding America’s Give a Meal™ campaign. In December, the campaign exceeded its goal.
Feeding America, a longstanding partner to the bank, is the nation’s leading domestic hunger relief charity with more than 200 member food banks serving people in all 50 states. Thanks to the efficiency of Feeding America’s network, where most of the food and grocery products are donated, every $1 helps provide nine meals. And, as a result of Bank of America’s 2:1 campaign match, the impact was tripled.
Hunger in our communities
The need for hunger relief remains acute. 49 million Americans, or 1 in 6 people, are living in food insecure households. And almost 16 million children are at risk. According to Feeding America, “Right now, millions of Americans are struggling with hunger. These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days.”
As part of our efforts to improve the lives of individuals and families, Bank of America has worked to comprehensively address hunger in local communities. For example, we’ve partnered with Feeding America to help food bank clients gain greater financial stability by providing financial literacy materials and helping them with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applications.
At a local level, Bank of America employee volunteers donated nearly 60,000 hours in 2012 to volunteer in support of hunger-related nonprofits, helping these organizations deliver on their mission to make food available to people in need.
According to Kerry Sullivan, President of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, “Many Americans can’t begin to think about long-term financial planning or college savings if they don’t know from where, or if, their next meal will come. We’re proud to partner with Feeding America to help raise awareness more broadly about the pressing issue of hunger and offer individuals a meaningful way to make a difference.”