To help ensure children do not go hungry this holiday season, the PwC Charitable Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) established by PwC US, made a $500,000 donation today to PwC's national partner Feeding America. The donation will complement PwC's longstanding partnership with Feeding America to advance youth education in communities around the nation by ensuring hungry children do not fall behind academically due to hunger-related health problems.
The donation marks the third year in a row that PwC and the PwC Foundation are giving more than $1 million during the holiday season.
Working with their nationwide network, Feeding America will help distribute these funds to their member food banks in communities throughout the United States to support local programs that fight youth hunger, such as:
- The BackPack Program: Acts as a supplement to the National School Lunch Program and supplies meals to children on the weekends, when the schools are closed. In 2009, the program served more than 190,000 children and food banks distributed more than 3.7 million packs of food.
- Kids Cafe and Afterschool Snack Program : Provides children with nutritious meals and snacks in a safe environment, and also offers nutritional education. In 2009, more than 124,000 children were served at Kids Cafe sites. The Afterschool Snack program provides snacks to children in places where meals are not possible due to logistical or structural constraints.
- The School Pantry Program : Currently operating at 12 food banks across the country, the school pantries provide a readily accessible source of food assistance to low-income children.
- Summer Food Service Program : Established by the USDA, the Summer Food Service Program helps ensure low-income children have access to food when school is not in session. It is the single largest Federal resource for Feeding America network members that are developing summer activity and feeding programs.
"The PwC Charitable Foundation has been there for PwC families in times of need. Through this donation to Feeding America, we are extending our reach and helping thousands of children receive a healthy, nutritious meal to combat youth hunger," said Mary Ann Cloyd, PwC partner and president of the PwC Charitable Foundation.
Fourteen million or approximately 19 percent of children in the U.S. live in poverty and are expected to be hungry this holiday season. According to the USDA, more than 17 million children in this country are food insecure, which hampers a young person's ability to learn and increases their chances in suffering from poverty and becoming a productive citizen as an adult.
"We are thrilled to receive the PwC Charitable Foundation's generous donation, especially during this holiday season when children are most in need," said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America. "By providing these children with a filling meal, not only are we helping them not go hungry, we are giving them the opportunity to learn."
The donation supports the PwC Charitable Foundation's goal of helping families in times of need and crisis. Immediately following the devastating earthquake in Haiti earlier this year, the PwC Charitable Foundation contributed more than $800,000 through its People who Care Fund and $4.4 million over the past three years to those in need.
The donation also builds upon PwC's commitment to advancing youth education in communities across the nations in order to develop future leaders. In FY'10, the firm donated more than $8.8 million to causes related to strengthening youth education and partnered with nonprofit organizations such as MIND Research Institute, Operation HOPE, Junior Achievement and United Way to increase proficiency in math and financial literacy in schools.
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About Feeding America
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 40 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. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
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