CHICAGO, Sept. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Feeding America, the leading domestic hunger-relief organization, announced today that they are partnering with the Caterpillar Foundation once again to help provide food to people who struggle with hunger in America.
Each year, 42 million people in the United States face hunger, including 13 million children. The Caterpillar Foundation's investment of $750,000 will support food sourcing initiatives, such as Mobile Pantries, BackPack Programs, and Partner Agency Support, at Feeding America member food banks in the 44 counties that surround Caterpillar facilities.
"Feeding America is thankful to the Caterpillar Foundation for its commitment to fighting hunger," said Matt Knott, president of Feeding America. "Hunger is an issue that affects every community in our country. This partnership will help local food banks provide nearly 2.5 million meals to people in need."
This support will impact a number of feeding programs in Caterpillar communities including the Feeding America BackPack Program, an effort that provides food to children on the weekends when free or reduced-price school meals are unavailable. Grants also will be used to support mobile food pantries and provide nutritious food to local feeding agencies. Caterpillar Foundation has helped provide more than 5 million meals to Caterpillar communities since 2015.
"The Caterpillar Foundation is committed to transforming lives in the communities in which we live and work," said Michele Sullivan, president of the Caterpillar Foundation. "We are committed to alleviating poverty and supporting our neighbors who may not know where their next meal will come from."
The Feeding America network responds to the hunger crisis in America by providing food to people in need. It provides more food to children, families and seniors than any other charitable organization: more than 3.7 billion meals each year. To find the Feeding America food bank in your area, visit: www.feedingamerica.org
About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
About the Caterpillar Foundation
Founded in 1952, Caterpillar's philanthropic organization, the Caterpillar Foundation has contributed more than $650 million to help make sustainable progress possible around the world by providing program support in the areas of environmental sustainability, access to education and basic human needs. To learn more about the global impact of the Caterpillar Foundation, please visit www.togetherstronger.com.
Contact: Ross Fraser, [email protected], 312.641.6422
SOURCE Feeding America