Disney Donates $1 Million to Feeding America– The Walt Disney Company, that brings joy to so many has gone beyond amazing theme parks, movies, and characters we adore. They are positively impacting children and families where they need it the most. Disney’s contribution is being used to support the distribution of produce to children and families who are in great need. More than 30 Feeding America network-member food banks across the United States will benefit from the donation. Improved access to healthy food is the goal. Additionally, funds are being used to help support volunteer events, in select markets, with Disney (employees) and the VoluntEARS in assembling nutritious meals.
“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.”
Feeding America is the nation’s largest hunger-relief and food rescue organization with a network of 200 member food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs. The organization’s goal is to provide meals for people in need, but also to provide nutritious meals that can help improve health and well-being. Fresh produce provides a tremendous opportunity to both feed people facing hunger and also offer nutrient-rich foods that can improve health outcomes.
Disney has worked with Feeding America to support efforts to end hunger in the U.S. since 2012. Funding from this year’s gift will be used by food banks to provide fresh produce to kids and families facing hunger by removing barriers to source and distribute produce, including building capacity by increasing refrigeration and equipment at food banks to help store and distribute fresh produce within the community.
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Information provided by PRNewswire/CHICAGO, Nov. 1, 2018
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