Friday, December 20, 2013

ConAgra Foods Helps End Child Hunger


ConAgra Foods Foundation, primarily funded by ConAgra Foods, is dedicated to raising awareness of the nearly 17 million children in America who are at risk of hunger and live in food-insecure homes where they may not have enough food to live active, healthful lives. Thus, it designated May 23 of this year a National Hunger-Free Summer Day – a critical time for organizations and individuals to step up and help fill the gap of children in need. This was the 4th summer that the foundation has run its Hunger-Free Summer Program that has given children and their families options to access food to fuel their lives, in cooperation with Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States.

For more than 2 decades, ConAgra Foods and the ConAgra Foods Foundation have donated more than $37 million and 310 million pounds of foods to Feeding America. Half of the ConAgra Foods Foundation's $10 million commitment to Feeding America is dedicated to the Hunger-Free Summer grants. Every year, ConAgra Foods Foundation and Cause works closely with Feeding America “to evolve our Hunger-Free Summer programming to reach children in meaningful ways,” according to vice-president Kori Reed. “Whether that's by setting up picnics in which they play, planting community gardens for hands-on nutrition education activities, or delivering meals via mobile trucks to their neighborhoods, our goal is to provide kids with the energy they need to enjoy the summertime,” Reed continued to say.

The Hunger-Free Summer grants enabled29 food banks in 20 states to overcome barriers to providing meals to the children in several ways:
  • Bringing meals directly to areas where families naturally gather, such as parks and libraries
  • Facilitating family enrollment in government food programs
  • Providing healthy foods to children in rural or low-income areas in partnerships with other organizations, such as local fire departments
  • Recruiting volunteers to establish and sustain summer feeding programs
  • Launching programs that provide nutrition and healthy-living classes
Moreover, ConAgra Foods Foundation also partnered with Chris O'Donnell, a film/TV actor and father of 5, who advocates this heart-breaking cause, to come up with a video to raise awareness about child hunger. For every view and share, a meal was donated.

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