Feeding America has announced a $4.4 million grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation in support of an initiative aimed reducing hunger and improving the lives of low-income families in communities across the country.
Through its Collaborating for Clients initiative, the foodbank network will use the grant to launch pilot programs through five local foodbanks — the Mid-Ohio Foodbank in Columbus; the Food Bank of Northern Nevada in Reno; the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem Food In Need of Distribution (FIND Food Bank) in Indio, California; and the Vermont Foodbank in Barre — aimed at helping food-insecure families secure affordable housing, job training, steady employment, and healthcare services. The pilot programs are expected to last three years.
"Our network's core service of food distribution provides essential assistance to millions of vulnerable and food-insecure people every week, but this traditional food assistance model is not achieving an end to hunger in this country," said Maura Daly, chief external affairs officer at Feeding America. "Hunger is a complex issue that does not exist in isolation. When people visit food pantries, they are not only struggling to put food on the table, they are often struggling to pay for rent, utilities, child care, and medical bills. By integrating our services with those of other programs, we believe that we can help to improve our clients' overall well-being."