The ConAgra Foods Foundation, the charitable arm of ConAgra Foods, has announced that it is reprioritizing its focus on fighting child hunger in the United States and, to that end, has awarded a three-year, $10 million grant to Feeding America in support of its new objectives.
ConAgra, which has donated food and invested in hunger-fighting issues since 1993, has pledged to enable access to nutritious meals for an additional 2.5 million kids by 2018; provide more than twenty million meals to children when and where they need it most; close the gap of needed meals by 25 percent in some of the company's largest operating communities; and provide opportunities for the public to donate a total of five hundred thousand hours of volunteer service toward reducing food insecurity.
The $10 million grant to Feeding America, the largest ever made to the organization to address child hunger, extends a twenty-year partnership between the company and the anti-hunger organization. To enable all children to have access to the food they need to reach their potential in school and life, ConAgra and Feeding America will work to bolster programs such as Hunger Free Summer, Child Hunger Corps, and the Child Hunger Venture Fund.
"As a leading food company, it is our responsibility to use our knowledge and resources to help reduce child hunger and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans," said ConAgra Foods CEO Gary Rodkin. "We are committed to making good food that everyone can access and enjoy, and I have challenged our company and the ConAgra Foods Foundation to take a deeper look at ways to approach child hunger so we can make a more profound impact and reach new goals by 2018."