Feeding America announces $375,000 donation from Unilever

Feeding America, a network of more than 200 food banks and the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, today announced that Unilever will donate $375,000.

CHICAGO, IL – Feeding America, a network of more than 200 food banks and the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, today announced that Unilever will donate $375,000.

The funds, provided through the Unilever United States Foundation, Inc., will be used to help purchase, package, and transport food to millions of Americans who are facing the nation’s hunger crisis. In addition, Unilever will provide continued support for the Kids Café & Back Pack Programs. The donation builds upon Unilever’s support earlier this year, bringing its total financial contribution in 2009 to $500,000.

“We are extremely grateful to Unilever for stepping forward with this much-needed funding. As schools throughout the nation close for the holidays, millions of children will lose access to the free and reduced priced meals they receive through the public school system.”

“The need for food and funds is sky-high right now, and we are so pleased that Unilever is continuing its long-term commitment to us at a time when funding is urgently needed,” said Vicki Escarra, Feeding America president and CEO. “They are setting a great example for all of corporate America as we face the challenge of trying to help the 49 million Americans who live at risk of hunger.”

“The holiday season is supposed to be a time for family celebrations, yet more and more Americans are suffering from hunger as a result of these challenging economic times,” according to Fiona C. Laird, Senior Vice President HR & Communications Americas for Unilever. “Our support is designed to help provide food banks across the country with the necessary resources to meet the increased demand and make sure that our nation’s children get the nutrients they need for a better future.”

The BackPack program distributes backpacks filled with nutritious, child-friendly food to children living at risk of hunger. In fiscal year 2009, 150 Feeding America food banks distributed nearly 3 million such back packs. The Feeding America Kid’s Cafe program provides a late afternoon meal to 113,000 children from low-income families at 1,600 sites across the country. These programs are essential to providing children with the proper nourishment needed to thrive.

The Feeding America network of food banks provides food to more than four million Americans each week through more than 63,000 food pantries, soup kitchens and other agencies.

About Feeding America

Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 25 million Americans each year, including 9 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 63,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms.

Feeding America is based in Chicago. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit http://www.feedingamerica.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Feeding America or follow our news on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Feedingamerica.

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