The societal and economic impact of COVID-19 has disrupted many communities nationwide. From school closures to job losses, this public health crisis has put millions more at risk of food insecurity, resulting in an increased demand for services provided by local food banks.
In response to this critical community need, the Caterpillar Foundation has deployed over $10 million in support to several relief organizations, allowing us to make an impact for people who need it most. We believe that no one should have to go hungry, especially in a time of crisis. That is why we have teamed up with Feeding America during these unprecedented times to ensure that no person is left behind.
Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund directly supports food banks across the country by securing and providing food and other essential resources, like cleaning supplies, diapers, and personal care products to families in need. Additionally, Feeding America is working tirelessly with government leaders to ensure strong support and flexibility for federal nutrition programs including the National School Lunch Program, partnering with school districts and local government agencies to help ensure that the 22 million children who rely on school meals have access to food outside of the classroom. Feeding America is also providing food banks with emergency grants to further support local response efforts.
Our contribution has supported Feeding America’s efforts to provide more than 500 million meals to people in need since March 1st. Some highlights include:
- Feeding San Diego at SDCCU Stadium served more than 1,000 households.
- Central Texas Food Bank at Nelson Field served more than 1,500 households.
- United Food Bank at the Mesa Convention Center served more than 2,100 households.
During these unprecedented times, Feeding America’s relief efforts serve as a beacon of hope for communities in need. The Caterpillar Foundation is committed to working with all of our partners to support the communities in which we live and work.
To learn more about food insecurity during the pandemic, read Feeding America’s new report, The Impact of the Coronavirus on Child Food Insecurity.