Statement on Charlottesville Incident

Feeding America Board Chair and CEO

August 17, 2017

On behalf of Feeding America, we express our heartfelt sympathies to the people of Charlottesville, the family of Heather Heyer and the people who came to protest hate-filled speech and blatant expressions of bigotry and racism.

Our country is grounded in principles of equality and fairness, and while our democracy continues on this journey, it has proven resilient when we have come together and rejected attempts to undermine these fundamental principles. We at Feeding America work every day to offer hope and opportunity to others. We aspire to do this work with confidence and belief in a nation that seeks always to render aid to neighbor and stranger alike, living together in a community of mutual respect regardless of our differences.

We stand now with the Charlottesville community, and with all who share in our nation’s commitment to equal justice, fair treatment, and the common good. We rise to a shared belief in the value of each and every individual, and we are proud to serve an organization that acts on that belief.

Board of Directors

Keith Monda, Chair

Diana Aviv, CEO

Steve Barr, Partner, US Retail and Consumer Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Jim Kallman, President, Kallman Holdings, Inc.

Kate Maehr, Executive Director and CEO, Greater Chicago Food Depository

Bill McMahon, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

Scott Neal, SVP Sourcing Strategy-Meat, Walmart

Shawn O’Grady, Board Director

Gary Rodkin, Retired CEO, ConAgra Foods

John Sayles, CEO, Vermont Foodbank

Erin Sharp, Group Vice President, Manufacturing, The Kroger Co.

Kelvin Taketa, Chief Executive Officer, Hawaii Community Foundation

Tom Vilsack, President and CEO U.S. Dairy Export Council

Matt Winter, President, The Allstate Corporation and Chief Executive Officer, Allstate Life Insurance Company

Scott Young, Executive Director of Food Bank of Lincoln (Nebraska)


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About Feeding America

Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of more than 200 food banks, 21 statewide food bank associations, and over 60,000 partner agencies, food pantries and meal programs, we helped provide 6.6 billion meals to tens of millions of people in need last year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; brings attention to the social and systemic barriers that contribute to food insecurity in our nation; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Visit, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.