ATLANTA, Sept. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) today announced $400,000 in grants to 31 food banks located across the states served by the company. The funds will directly support local efforts to combat food insecurity, as well as other assistance initiatives supporting children, families, and senior citizens. This latest set of grants builds on Norfolk Southern's longstanding commitment of giving to these critical community organizations.
"Food insecurity impacts every community in our country and disproportionately children and senior citizens. Our role as a company is to move the goods that power the economy, and while a recovery is underway, many are still feeling the economic impact of the pandemic. Norfolk Southern is proud to partner with these food banks as a way to help make a difference by feeding and assisting those in need," said LaSandra Boykin, director of corporate giving at Norfolk Southern.
Every community in the United States is home to families who face food insecurity. According to the most recent research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 10.5% of households nationally (13.7 million people) were food insecure at some time during 2019. Further, households with children had a substantially higher rate of food insecurity than those without children.
"We are so thankful to our long-time partner, Norfolk Southern, for this generous gift that will provide over 120,000 healthy meals for Central Pennsylvanians in need. We also thank them for their investment in our local communities as one of our major employers in the Susquehanna Valley. Together, we are making sure that all of our neighbors have enough nutritious food, every day," said Joe Arthur, executive director of Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
"We are extremely grateful for Norfolk Southern's investment in Second Harvest's food bank programs, which will be able to provide fresh and healthy food options to our region's seniors, children, families, and veterans," said Rhonda Chafin, executive director, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee. "Through their support we are able to continue our mission and better serve our neighbors in need."
Food banks receiving a grant from Norfolk Southern include:
America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia
Atlanta Community Food Bank
Central Illinois Foodbank
Central Pennsylvania Foodbank
Chattanooga Area Food Bank
Community Food Bank of Central Alabama
Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana
Facing Hunger Foodbank (WV)
Feeding Southwest Virginia
Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri
Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
Food Bank of Delaware
Food Bank of Northeast Georgia
Food Bank of Northern Indiana
Food Finders Food Bank (IN)
Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia
Freestore Foodbank (OH)
God's Pantry Food Bank (KY)
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
Lowcountry Food Bank (SC)
Mid-Ohio Food Bank
Montgomery Area Food Bank
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee
Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank
Tri-State Food Bank (IN)
About Norfolk Southern Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation's premier transportation companies, moving the goods and materials that drive the U.S. economy. Norfolk Southern connects customers to markets and communities to economic opportunity, with safe, reliable, and cost-effective shipping solutions. The company's service area includes 22 states and the District of Columbia, every major container port in the eastern United States, and a majority of the U.S. population and manufacturing base.