Fighting hunger through nearly $20 million in philanthropy and volunteering

Jan 03, 2013

Video Transcript

KATE MAEHR: We have a problem in this country. That there are literally millions of Americans who wake up, they do everything right – they have jobs, they send their kids to school – and yet they may not have food in their pantry.

LISA HINES-JOHNSON: The face of hunger is not just one face, hunger can strike at any time and if it weren’t for the food bank’s programs and services, there would be nowhere for people to turn to.

MATT KNOTT: People are shocked and amazed to know that hunger is a national issue. Well people think it’s just a problem that exists among the homeless and that’s not true. What’s amazing is that there are fifty million Americans who are struggling to put food on the table. And at the same time there’s more than seventy billion pounds of food that’s going to waste in this country of ours each and every day that could be used to feed the hungry.

KERRY SULLIVAN: Bank of America funds a variety of charitable organizations who are engaged in helping with food insecurity issues in this country. We work with food pantries, soup kitchens, after-school and in-school programs for young people who are living in food insecure households.

KATE MAEHR: We receive financial support from Bank of America. The grants that they have given us have helped us build the strongest response to childhood hunger that we’ve ever had. Every day there are children who walk into a pantry or into an after school program and there’s food for them and that’s because of the support that we receive from Bank of America.

TRINA ELLIS: I’m a single mom of three. My children go to a program at the school. My children benefit from it and I like it because it helps keep them with nutritional meals and helps when there’s very little food for us to eat at home.

MATT KNOTT: Bank of America has enabled its employees to donate more than 35,000 hours of volunteerism to food banks all across the country. And that’s critical when we’re trying to efficiently get food to people who need it.

JEFF BARKER: And to think that 400,000 meals are served a day because the great work of the folks here at the food bank and of the many volunteers, like Bank of America volunteers, who come and support this great organization.

TERRY COSBY: That is a tremendous source of pride to know that my company values community involvement so much that they allow associates to take part in outreach events during business hours. It means a tremendous amount.

KERRY SULLIVAN: Our whole philanthropic strategy is really focused on helping people in local economies get going again. So we’re looking at housing, hunger, and jobs. Food on the table, a roof over the head and a place to work. Those are critical to making communities work.

MICHAEL CURTIN: We really focused on creating a whole social enterprise portfolio where we can employ some of those men and women as well, while producing goods and products and services that are going to empower the community and make our community a more sustainable place.

MATT KNOTT: And it’s through the generosity of supporters like Bank of America that we’re able to feed thirty seven million Americans throughout the year. The people that our network helps, the people that our food banks serve, often times have fallen on really difficult circumstances and they just need a little hand up during a difficult time so that they can get back on their feet. We like to think that support from donors like Bank of America not only helps to feed people, but it helps to nourish hope for a brighter future.

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