Through the assistance of local and national food assistance programs, Feeding America is able to offer a variety of services to people struggling with hunger. We provide safe and nurturing places for children to have a meal; food that helps seniors meet their specific nutritional needs; emergency assistance for disaster victims; and a chance at stability for adults trying to break the cycle of poverty and hunger.
For millions of food-insecure children, the only meal they can rely on regularly getting are the free and reduced-price meals they receive at school. When school is out, those meals are unavailable, leaving children at greater risk of hunger. While the Feeding America network provides the most meals for children through traditional food pantries, member food banks also operate targeted programs that feed children when they are most at risk of hunger: when school is out.
Learn more: We Feed Children
After a lifetime of work, many senior citizens live on fixed incomes that can force them to choose between paying for health care and buying groceries. The Feeding America network operates many Senior Grocery programs to help meet the special nutritional needs of older Americans. We also work to build awareness about the number of seniors facing hunger; provide services that help seniors become more food secure, and increase access to services that help seniors address their mobility and health needs.
Learn More: The Impact of Hunger: Senior Hunger
When disaster strikes, the Feeding America network food banks are on the ground and ready to provide food and emergency supplies to help people cope in the aftermath. We employ a strategy that encompasses all stages of disaster response. From preparing for disasters before they hit, to responding to victims in the midst, to continuing to support families and communities through a long recovery – the Feeding America network is committed to serving people in need under any circumstance.
Learn More: We Feed Families: Disaster Response
At Feeding America, our goal is to solve hunger. To do this, we know we must provide today and work to help people address the factors that lead to their food insecurity. We recently launched Collaborating for Clients, a multi-year initiative designed to address the root causes of food-insecure people on a nationwide scale through partnerships. Through this initiative, we seek to connect people facing hunger to multi-sector partners that can help them address priority needs related to employment, health and housing and ultimately help them build a pathway to stability.