One in five people in the Mid-South faces hunger. People struggle to get by because of underemployment, stagnant wages and rising costs of living. Feeding America®, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, and Conagra Brands Foundation have partnered to provide resources to address the areas of greatest need in local Conagra communities.
Mid-South Food Bank, a Feeding America member food bank, is one of 20 food banks that received a capacity building grant, funded by the Conagra Brands Foundation. This significant grant will enable Mid-South Food Bank to provide three refrigerated trailers to three Partner Agencies.
Each trailer will give each Agency expanded capability for storing and transporting up to 2,000 pounds of perishable food such as fresh produce. Funds will also purchase equipment for Mid-South Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry program, which distributed more than five million pounds of food last year.
“Food insecurity affects people from all walks of life, in every county of the United States,” said Estella Mayhue-Greer, president and CEO of Mid-South Food Bank. “Securing generous funding to tackle our biggest barriers to hunger relief, like building agency capacity, can be challenging. The intention, thoughtfulness and flexibility of Conagra Brands Foundation’s grant allows us support more families in the Mid-South by providing food for healthy meals when and where they need them.”
Food insecurity describes a household’s inability to provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life. The Feeding America network of food banks annually helps more than 46 million people, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors.
About Conagra Brands Foundation’s Capacity-Building Grants
In June 2018 Conagra Brands Foundation invested $1M among 20 food banks serving communities with a Conagra Brands presence. The investment aligns with Conagra Brands’ strategic focus on food and meaningful impact in local communities. Food bank grant recipients will share back with Conagra Brands and peer institutions their learning, impact and measurable capacity growth.
About Conagra Brands Foundation
Conagra Brands Foundation believes everyone has a right to healthy and nutritious food knowing that food insecurity exists in every U.S. county. The Foundation partners with exceptional national and local nonprofits with high-impact programs located in the communities where we live and work. By focusing our efforts within the areas of Direct Food Access, Cooking Skills, Nutrition Education, Healthy and Active Lifestyles and Urban Agriculture, we are able to be a leader in the fight against food insecurity in North America. Conagra Brands Foundation partners with Feeding America and its network of 200 food banks across the U.S. Together they increase access to innovative programs such as Hunger-Free Summer and improve capacity at local food banks. For more information, please visit http://www.conagrabrands.com/our-company/corporate-social-responsibility/conagra-brands-foundation. The Conagra Brands Foundation is funded by Conagra Brands.
About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the Unites States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 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.