Bank of America has been named the Feeding America 2012 Corporate Partner of the Year in recognition of its commitment to helping raise awareness around the issue of hunger. The award is a culmination of various hunger-relief efforts by the company over the past several years that include everything from employee volunteer programs to customer engagement to multi-million dollar donations.
Most recently, the two organizations partnered to provide more than 26 million meals through Feeding America's"Give A Meal" campaign – a holiday program that targeted families in need throughout the country. Through this inaugural effort, nearly $3.5 million was raised in corporate and personal financial contributions from more than 8,000 donors.
"The 'Give A Meal' campaign was just one of many examples of how Bank of America has worked with us to help fight hunger in our country," said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America."The company and its employees' commitment to the issue has been unwavering and I am honored to present them with this special recognition for all that they have done."
For more than 20 years, Bank of America has partnered with many of the nation's food banks to help support needs at a local level. Since 2009, the company have invested nearly $21 million in food assistance and feeding programs, with a focus on supporting nonprofits like Feeding America and its affiliate food banks across the United States that address the growing demand for hunger-relief on a daily basis as a critical economic empowerment and neighborhood stabilization strategy for low-income individuals and families. In 2008, Bank of America began working with Feeding America as a way to help a greater number of people on a national scale.
"We are honored and humbled by this award but recognize that the pervasive issue of hunger remains a real and growing crisis that many Americans are experiencing," said Kerry Sullivan, president of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation."Through our comprehensive partnership with Feeding America, its extensive reach and demonstrated commitment to making a difference in communities across the country, we hope to continue creating positive change for families in need nationwide."
Along with their financial support of the"Give A Meal" campaign, the company has partnered with Feeding America to help food bank clients gain greater financial stability. Through this work, Bank of America has provided financial empowerment materials for food bank clients and supported assistance on applications for SNAP (the federal government's former food stamp program). Through this support, 36 food banks have helped more than 44,000 low-income households submit 93,000 SNAP applications resulting in 97 million meals for families facing hunger.
"We are so thankful for all of their support and we look forward to continuing our work together," Escarra said."We couldn't feed the 37 million people that we do without the support of our partners."
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Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 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. 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.
Bank of America's commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a strategic part of doing business globally. Our CSR efforts guide how we operate in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally responsible way around the world, to deliver for shareholders, customers, clients and employees. Our goal is to help create economically vibrant regions and communities through lending, investing and giving. By partnering with our stakeholders, we create value that empowers individuals and communities to thrive and contributes to the long-term success of our business. We have several core areas of focus for our CSR, including responsible business practices; environmental sustainability; strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs; investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and culture. As part of these efforts, employee volunteers across the company contribute their time, passion and expertise to address issues in communities where they live and work. Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com/about and follow us on Twitter at @BofA_Community.