Feeding America®, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, announced today that the ConAgra Foods® Foundation has donated $100,000 to four Texas hunger initiatives, bringing their support of Feeding America-led Texas hunger programs to more than $500,000. In partnership with Feeding America and Texas food banks, ConAgra Foods supports programs that are helping alleviate hunger for children and families in Texas, which has the second highest number of food-insecure children in the nation. This latest contribution is in addition to an ongoing five-year, $10 million partnership between Feeding America and ConAgra Foods Foundation.
The newest Texas hunger grants will support four Feeding America member food banks, including the San Antonio Food Bank; Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley in McAllen, Texas; South Texas Food Bank in Laredo; and West Texas Food Bank in Odessa. In San Antonio, ConAgra Foods' grant will fund a pilot program to help enroll more Latino families in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In McAllen, Laredo and Odessa, the grants will be used to fund child hunger programs such as Kids Cafes and BackPack meal programs.
The $100,000 grant was awarded to Feeding America food banks in Texas after findings from two studies supported by ConAgra Foods Foundation made it clear that areas of Texas have extremely high rates of child hunger. While the national average for child hunger is more than 20 percent, in Zavala and Starr counties child hunger is at 50 percent according to Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap report. Additionally, Feeding America and the Urban League's joint study found that Latino families are disproportionately under-enrolled in federal programs for children and families struggling with hunger.
"To effectively fight hunger, we need more than passion; we need knowledge and a better understanding of the factors that can lead to hunger and food insecurity," said Kori Reed, Vice President, Cause and Foundation at ConAgra Foods."By supporting Feeding America's child and Latino hunger research, we were able to identify specific areas of need and to invest in programs led by Texas food banks that are poised to help their communities overcome hunger."
"ConAgra Foods has been a wonderful partner in the fight against child hunger," said Vicki Escarra, Feeding America's President and CEO."Their thoughtful investments in Texas display a continued commitment to fighting child hunger. This combination of focused research and willingness to target areas of intense need make ConAgra Foods a valuable partner."
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Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that 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.