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Unilever Grant Support BackPack Program in Covington, TN


Local Support Part of Unilever US Foundation Commitment to Feeding America®    

 Memphis, TN (July 5, 2013) – The Unilever US Foundation, in the name of its plant in Covington, TN, is providing a $20,000 grant to Mid-South food Bank to support the Food for Kids BackPack Program in Tipton County.  The local donation is part of a national commitment of $200,000 from the Unilever US Foundation to address child hunger through grants to 10 Feeding America member food banks and is part of the nationwide partnership between Unilever and Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.   The Covington plant, where ice cream products are made, has worked with Mid-South Food Bank for four years as sponsor of the BackPack Program through Children & Family Services.  In 2011, the program was expanded to include qualified students at Covington Integrated Arts Academy.  

In addition to this donation, employees of the plant collect food and funds in December as part of the Action News 5 Holiday Food Drive that benefits Mid-South Food Bank.    According to the latest Feeding America Map the Meal Gap study, 21.6 percent of children in Tipton County are food insecure, which means they are do not have access at all times to enough food to maintain good health.  That is more than 3,500 children in Covington and the surrounding area.   

According to Estella Mayhue-Greer, president & CEO of Mid-South Food Bank, the grant funds will be used to continue the Food for Kids BackPack Program in Covington, which currently serves 130 children. "We are grateful to serve in the same community as Unilever and are thankful for their continued support," said Mayhue-Greer.   ###