Feeding America®, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, announced today that Nationwide Insurance Foundation has donated $1.25 million to help fight hunger in America. The funds will be shared by the national office of Feeding America and 21 member food banks in communities where Nationwide Insurance employees live and work. A portion of the funds will be used to support Feeding America's National Produce Program, which distributes fresh fruit and vegetables to individuals facing hunger.
"We at Feeding America are deeply grateful to the Nationwide Insurance Foundation for their continued support to help end hunger in America," said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America."Food insecurity exists in every county in the United States, and Nationwide Insurance Foundation's gift provides funding for our national efforts as well as grants directed at combatting hunger at the local level."
Nationwide is honored to support Feeding America food banks and their network of local agencies in the communities we call home and across the country," said Chad Jester, president of the Nationwide Insurance Foundation."We're also proud of the thousands of Nationwide employees who selflessly give of their time and energy in support of our corporate hunger-relief initiatives. At Nationwide, we believe we can do more together than we can alone."
In addition to Nationwide Insurance Foundation's financial support, thousands of Nationwide employees donate to food drives and volunteer at food banks across the country each year. In 2010, Feeding America awarded Nationwide Insurance the Group Volunteer Service of the Year award for the company's work with the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
Feeding America food banks receiving funds from the donation include: Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank; Atlanta Community Food Bank; Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Network, Verona, Va.; Bread of the Mighty Food Bank, Gainesville, Fla.; Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Harrisburg, Penn., Central Virginia Food Bank, Richmond; Cleveland Foodbank; Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, Raleigh; Food Bank of Iowa, Des Moines; Food Bank of Lincoln, Neb.; Food Bank of the Rockies, Denver, Colo.; Maryland Food Bank, Baltimore; Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Columbus; Mid-South Food Bank, Memphis; New Hampshire Food Bank, Manchester; Oregon Food Bank, Portland; Philabundance, Philadelphia; San Antonio Food Bank; Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, Charlotte, N.C.; Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, Nashville; and St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, Phoenix.
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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.