Feeding America® is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.
The Feeding America® network of more than 200 member food banks has created a foundation geared towards getting wholesome staples to the 37 million people they serve each year, including 15 million children and 3 million seniors.
Feeding America® supplies almost 4 billion pounds of food and grocery products annually.
Feeding America®, then named America’s Second Harvest, was founded in 1976 when it merged with the non-profit FoodChain. The seeds of Feeding America® were planted in the 1960s when a retired Arizona businessman, John van Hengel, started to ask for contributions from the local grocery stores for the soup kitchen where he was volunteering.
A dollar donation to Feeding America® equals 11 meals secured and distributed by Feeding America® on behalf of local food banks. (Subject to change based on annual conversation rates.) Feeding America® does this through securing food on a local and national level from manufacturers, retailers, farmers, government sources and consumer donations; distributing food on a local level through its network of 200 food banks; raising funds from local and national corporations, foundations and individuals; sharing best practices and advocating on a local and national level for those who are food insecure and more often than not without powerful allies fighting for them.