Today one-in-eight Americans still rely on meals from food banks. Those 42 million people, which include 13 million children, regularly face difficult choices between paying bills and buying food. That’s why as part of our work to address issues fundamental to economic mobility, including workforce development / education and community development, we’re addressing issues such as basic needs and hunger. Partnerships with global, national and local nonprofits play a critical role in this effort, and this year we will once again partner with Feeding America to address hunger relief in the U.S.
Since 2009, we have worked with Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger relief nonprofit in the U.S, and its nationwide network of more than 200 food banks to engage individuals, including customers and employees, through the Give A Meal program. We invite you to join this effort as we launch this year’s campaign in conjunction with Hunger Action Month in September.
“We recognize that many working families struggling to make ends meet rely on the resources and support of local food banks,” said Kerry Sullivan, president of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. “We’re honored to partner with Feeding America to join our collective networks, including the power of our volunteers, with Feeding America’s expertise in order to help build thriving communities.”
“Hunger is an issue in every community. Partnering with Bank of America extends the reach of the Give A Meal program, helping us raise awareness and offer more meals to individuals in need throughout the country,” said Matt Knott, president of Feeding America.
Our broader efforts to address hunger relief
We have a longstanding commitment to fight hunger, with more than $70 million in philanthropic funding invested since 2008, and have expanded these efforts globally. In 2015, we gave $13 million and nearly 70,000 employee volunteer hours in 12 countries — Argentina, Mexico, Hong Kong, Singapore, UK, U.S., Belgium, Turkey, Spain, Italy, Israel, and South Africa — to fight hunger.
We also support food banks through integrated services that enable individuals to gain financial stability, including benefits access and financial education, programs that rescue food and prevent food waste, and have invested funds through our Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) portfolio to address the need for fresh food in inner-cities.
How you can support Give A Meal
For more information on donating to Feeding America, visit our donation page.
*Give a Meal is a promotional campaign of Feeding America with the goal to help provide meals to families in need. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.