CHICAGO, Nov. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its commitment to help create healthier generations, The Walt Disney Company has made a contribution to Feeding America® to support efforts to source more produce and increase the amount of nutritious meals provided to children and families who need it most. The funds will be distributed to 30 Feeding America member food banks throughout the U.S. operating produce programs to improve access to nutritious foods. Last year, Feeding America secured more than 1.8 billion pounds of fruits and vegetables and plans to provide even more nourishing produce to families in need this year.
"We know that access to nutritious food is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Yet many people across the country may not know where they will find their next meal and the pandemic further exacerbates this issue," said Blake Thompson, Chief Supply Chain Officer at Feeding America. "We are grateful for Disney's continued support of Feeding America programs that help to provide much-needed produce to our neighbors in need."
As the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief and food rescue organization, Feeding America is a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that provides food assistance to more than 40 million people annually. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Feeding America estimates that more than 50 million people could be food insecure in the United States this year, including 17 million children.
In a unique look behind the scenes, ABC's 'Localish' documented and aired on its network the journey of produce from seedlings grown in the soil of California farms to its transportation at full maturation across the country to a food bank in Illinois, to the logistics and operation efforts led by volunteers to distribute the fresh produce to families across the United States.
Disney has supported Feeding America's efforts to end hunger in the U.S. since 2012, providing significant funding for the organization's produce programs and volunteer efforts at member food banks. This year's funding will help food banks provide more fresh produce to kids and families facing hunger by removing barriers to sourcing and distributing produce, such as building capacity by increasing refrigeration and equipment at food banks or helping to store and distribute fresh produce within communities to people who need it most.
In addition to funding produce operations, Disney launched their Feed the Love campaign in March 2020, led by ABC and the other media networks, to help provide access to nutritious food during the pandemic. This campaign continues to drive awareness of hunger relief efforts while educating the public at large about how to seek and provide help.
About Feeding America Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the Unites States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 40 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and 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.