CHICAGO, Nov. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Feeding America, the nation's leading hunger-relief organization, salutes The Walt Disney Company for its $1.5 million donation, the vast majority of which will provide grants to 60 food banks across the nation to expand their local fresh produce sourcing and distribution programs. The donation will be announced on ABC's "The Chew" today at 1:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. CT/PT.
The ABC daytime series will also feature a segment about teenager Katie Stagliano, who founded Katie's Krops, a youth-based garden initiative. During the segment, Katie will talk about how her childhood dream of helping the hungry has grown into 83 vegetable gardens tended by youth across the country, producing food for underserved children and families.
Disney's support will help strengthen local produce sourcing programs in Feeding America member food banks across the country, ensure that food banks can handle larger amounts of fresh produce, and galvanize support from the produce industry and the public.
Increasing access to nutritious foods and engaging audiences to take action is a part of Disney Magic of Healthy Living's long-standing commitment to creating healthier generations and promoting healthy lifestyles. Disney's support of Feeding America helps the organization serve more than 12 million children each year.
In addition, Disney | ABC developed special TV spots to inspire communities to envision a future where kids and families have access to nutritious food. The spots—set to air throughout November and December on Disney Channel, Disney XD, ABC and ABC Family— encourage supporters to share the joy through single acts of kindness that can change the world.
"We are delighted that Disney is deepening its commitment to support Feeding America by helping to bring much-needed fresh fruits and vegetables to people facing hunger throughout our nation," said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. "Together, along with the public's support, our food bank network will be able to supply additional healthy fresh produce to help nourish kids and families in need."
To find out more information and about volunteer opportunities at your local Feeding America food bank, visit FeedingAmerica.org/BeInspired. For more information about Disney's commitment to helping to create healthier generations by increasing access to nutritious food, click here.
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 feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
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