CHICAGO, Aug. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Feeding America, the leading domestic hunger-relief organization, and Caterpillar's philanthropic organization, the Caterpillar Foundation, are partnering once again to provide food to individuals who struggle with hunger.
Each year, 49 million people in the United States face hunger, including 16 million children and approximately 5 million seniors. The Caterpillar Foundation is investing $1 million to support food sourcing initiatives at Feeding America and also to address hunger in surrounding Caterpillar communities in 49 counties.
"Feeding America is thankful to the Caterpillar Foundation for its generous support and ongoing commitment to helping individuals who struggle with hunger," said Matt Knott, president of Feeding America. "Food-insecure Americans do not have regular access to enough food for a healthy, active life. This partnership helps us to provide more than three million meals to families and children in need through our nationwide network of member food banks."
The Caterpillar Foundation has invested $3.5 million to this important cause since 2013. 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.
"The Caterpillar Foundation is committed to transforming lives in the communities that we serve," 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."
Feeding America responds to the hunger crisis in America by providing food to people in need. The Feeding America network of 200 food banks serves more than 46 million people at risk of hunger, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors. 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 $600 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.caterpillarfoundation.org
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SOURCE Feeding America