Join Produce for Kids and help Stock the Food Pantries to help feed families in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, is estimating the need for an additional $1.4 billion in resources over the next six months to provide enough food for those facing hunger—a 30% increase to the baseline six-month operating costs of 200 member food banks nationwide.
As a Guiding Partner of Feeding America, Produce for Kids’ Stock the Food Pantries will serve as source to funnel donations direct to the COVID-19 response fund. The fund will ensure the most affected areas in the U.S. will receive funding as it is received. Feeding America is working with government leaders to ensure the emergency response includes strong supports in food, funds, and flexibility for federal nutrition programs.
We’re inviting the produce industry to come together to make a difference during this time. Join us in stocking food pantries in communities where the need is the greatest. 100% of all funds raised will go to directly support the Feeding America COVID-19 Response Fund.
Using the COVID-19 Response Fund, Feeding America is launching national food- and fund-raising efforts to support people facing hunger and the food banks who help them. This includes building an inventory of emergency food boxes and distributing them to member food banks across the country, as well as working to get incremental funding to support other anticipated costs. Feeding America is also working with government leaders to ensure the emergency response includes strong supports in food, funds, and flexibility for federal nutrition programs.
Feeding America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which makes all donations tax-deductible.
Your tax-deductible donation will help provide meals to families struggling with hunger through our nationwide network of food banks. Through the generosity of donations like yours, Feeding America helps provide more than 3 billion meals to more than 40 million – or one in seven – people in need. Your charitable contribution helps provide so much more than food however, it provides hope to people facing hunger.
For people already living paycheck-to-paycheck, COVID-19 is making life even more challenging. Many people in this situation are already making tough choices between food and bills, or food and medicine. When hours are cut, or jobs are lost completely – as they have been recently – those choices become even more difficult. Often, families won’t have enough money to purchase a 14-day supply of food or don’t have enough savings to cover bills if their income is compromised. For those people, and for everyone impacted in need of food, Feeding America’s food banks are responding every day, connecting those in need with healthy food.
Nearly 55 million students are out of school as districts across the country shut down to curb the spread of COVID-19. And that means millions of children aren’t eating the meals they’d normally have during the day. But, food banks have stepped in to fill the gap. Many are working with schools to offer drive-through distributions, adding mobile pantries and offering expanded to-go meal options for kids and families.
In these uncertain times, many of us need a temporary helping hand, and food banks across the country are there to provide that support. Anyone can receive help from a food bank. In most cases, to receive food all you have to provide is proof that you live in the area near where you’re getting food. Find your local food bank and contact them to locate your closest food distribution.
Contact your local Feeding America network food bank for more information about the best ways you can help in your area, including volunteer opportunities. Some food banks are pausing volunteer opportunities or have new requirements for who can volunteer. The best way to learn about volunteering is to directly connect with your food bank.
The best way to help your food bank depends on a number of factors based on specific local needs. Use our locator to find your food bank and reach out to them or follow them on social media to find out what they need most. That said, a monetary donation or online fundraiser is one of the most efficient and effective ways to support your local food bank in a crisis situation.