April 1, 2009 -- Feeding America today announced that they have received an inaugural grant of $300,000 from the Nationwide Foundation. The funds will be shared by the national office of Feeding America and 15 member food banks in communities where Nationwide Insurance associates live and work.
"This support is arriving at a critical time for us," said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America."Never before have we seen so many people needing emergency food assistance. So many people have lost their jobs in recent months, and so many living in poverty are having a tougher time than ever making ends meet. This contribution from the Nationwide Foundation is much-needed. We are deeply grateful for their help in these tough times."
"Nationwide's primary Corporate Citizenship focus is to provide emergency and basic needs to communities where our associates live and work," said Chad Jester, president of the Nationwide Foundation. "The need for emergency food continues to increase and we're proud to partner with Feeding America as they help feed families when it matters most."
This is the first time the Nationwide Foundation has donated to the national office of Feeding America, but they have been a long-time donor to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank and other Feeding America members.
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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.
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The Nationwide Foundation is an independent corporation funded by contributions from Nationwide companies. Founded in 1959, the Nationwide Foundation has committed more than $169 million since 2000 to help nonprofit organizations in communities where its associates and their families live and work. Just as Nationwide supports its customers in their moment of need, the company's involvement in its home communities is focused on supporting organizations that help people facing critical or immediate need.