The grant provided in partnership with Feeding America® addresses increased risk of child hunger during summer months when fewer children have access to school feeding programs
Fredericksburg, VA (Jun 15, 2017) — One in ten children in our community faces hunger. When schools are closed for summer, children who rely on free or reduced-price school breakfast and lunch have less access to the nutritious meals needed to grow and thrive. This is why Feeding America®, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, and Conagra Brands Foundation have partnered to provide meals to kids through the Hunger-Free Summer program. The Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, a Feeding America member food bank, is one of 25 food banks that have received a Hunger-Free Summer grant, funded by the Conagra Brands Foundation. The Hunger-Free Summer grant will enable the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank to purchase equipment to expand the Kids on the Go summer feeding program.
“The summer months are not easy for many low-income families,” said Oya Oliver, President & CEO of the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, “When school ends, so does access to school meals that families and children rely on. The Conagra Brands Foundation’s Hunger-Free Summer grant allows us to support more families in our community during the summer months by helping to ensure that children have access to healthy meals.”
Across the country, 22 million children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program. When school is out during the summer, less than four million children receive meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program. This dramatic decline during the summer is due to a lack of access to meal sites, insufficient program awareness and limited resources.
“Children should not have to worry about where they’ll find their next meal. This is the case for millions of children across the country during the summer months. Conagra Brands Foundation is proud to partner with the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks to address and reduce the significant issue of food insecurity across the country,” says Robert Rizzo, Conagra Brands Foundation.
For the eighth consecutive summer, more than 20 communities across the country will have support to strengthen their summer feeding programs from Conagra Brands Foundation which has been a dedicated supporter of Feeding America and the fight against child hunger for over 20 years.
To learn more about summer hunger or find a summer feeding site in your community, visit http://www.fredfood.org.
About Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank
Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank – Serving Planning District 16 which includes the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, the City of Fredericksburg, and the community of Locust Grove. The food bank secures and distributes more than 3.9 million pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. The FRFB provides support for 72 local charitable agencies, operating more than 160 programs including emergency shelters, food pantries, Food for Life senior feeding , the Mobile Pantry program, Club Kids after school snack program, Food-4-Families School Pantry program and the Kids on the Go Summer Feeding. For more information on the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, please visit http://www.fredfood.org
About Conagra Brands Foundation’s Hunger-Free Summer Grants
This summer, 25 Feeding America food banks in 15 states will receive Hunger-Free Summer grants, funded by the Conagra Brands Foundation and distributed by Feeding America, to start new or expand existing summer feeding programs. These grants totaling $700,000––ranging from $20,000 to $40,000 each––will allow the food banks to serve food in school libraries during the summer months, provide meals to kindergarteners at summer camp, deliver boxes of food to families in need and beyond.
About Conagra Brands Foundation
Conagra Brands Foundation believes everyone has a right to healthy and nutritious food. To make an impact and raise awareness of food insecurity, the Conagra Brands Foundation engages employees, partners with leading local and national nonprofits, and inspires others to create a world where people have access to the food they need to reach their full potential. The Conagra Brands Foundation develops national partnerships with leading nonprofit organizations to leverage experience and resources that ensure people have access to quality, wholesome food and knowledge to live healthy, active lives. Conagra Brands Foundation partners with Feeding America and its network of 200 food banks across the U.S. Together they increase access to innovative programs such as Hunger-Free Summer and improve capacity at local food banks. One key initiative is investment in the Child Hunger Corps, a capacity-building program that evaluates community needs and ultimately expands the impact of child hunger relief programs. For more information, please visit http://www.conagrabrands.com/our-company/corporate-social-responsibility/conagra-brands-foundation. The Conagra Brands Foundation is primarily funded by Conagra Brands.
About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the Unites States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.