As part of its commitment to help create healthier generations, The Walt Disney Company today announced a $1 million contribution to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief and food rescue organization. The gift will support produce programs and volunteer efforts at more than 30 Feeding America network food banks across the U.S., improving access to nutritious foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, for children and families who need it most.
The donation continues a relationship between Disney and Feeding America that began in 2012. Funding from this year’s gift will be used by food banks to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to kids and families facing hunger by removing barriers to source and distribute produce within the community. This includes increasing refrigeration and equipment at food banks, enabling them to provide even more nutritious meals to kids and families.
Through its network of 200 member food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, Feeding America provides meals to more than 46 million people each year. Fresh produce is an important part of Feeding America’s goal to provide nutritious meals that improve the health and well-being of the people the organization serves.
“We know the people we serve are making difficult tradeoffs to survive and that produce is one of the most requested items at our food banks,” said Blake Thompson, chief supply chain officer at Feeding America. “We are committed to expanding our fresh produce offerings to food banks, and Disney is helping us nourish and strengthen the families we serve.”
Visit Feeding America.org to discover volunteer opportunities at your local Feeding America food bank.