MATTHEWS, N.C., July 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Family Dollar is looking to fight hunger this back-to-school season. The company announced its second-annual "Back to Success" program with Feeding America®, the nation's leading domestic hunger relief charity, for a month-long, in-store fundraising program.
"Family Dollar is thrilled to partner with Feeding America to help families who struggle with hunger," said Gary Philbin, Family Dollar President and Chief Operating Officer. "This fundraising program in our stores is just one of many ways Family Dollar is helping families in the communities we serve."
"More than 1 in 5 children live at risk of hunger in America," said Matt Knott, president of Feeding America. "We are thankful to Family Dollar and its support of Feeding America programs that benefit children and their families who may not know where to find their next meal."
As part of the program Family Dollar will invite customers to donate $1 at the register now through August 15. With their donations, customers will receive a bounce-back coupon for any one of a number of items available in-store from leading suppliers: Unilever, Proctor & Gamble and Kimberly-Clark.
The program was launched Tuesday at a kick-off event at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey in Hillside. At the event, volunteers from Family Dollar and Unilever assembled 1,200 bags filled with essential items for local children in need. Family Dollar also made a $10,000 donation to the FoodBank during the event.
- For every dollar donated, up to 10 meals can be provided to those in need
- 90 percent of funds raised in each store will support local food bank programs
- 10 percent of donations will support Feeding America national programs such as the "BackPack Program" and "School Pantry Program"
- More than 46 million Americans receive food and groceries from the Feeding America network each year, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors
- 16 million U.S. children are food insecure, meaning they live at risk of hunger
For more information about Family Dollar's "Back to Success" program, visit http://www.familydollar.com/whats-new/back-to-school/feeding-america.
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.
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