Kraft steps up efforts to combat hunger

Nov. 11, 2008
Kraft Foods Inc. and Feeding America have announced expanded efforts to reach hungry families in America.

Kraft Foods Inc. and Feeding America have announced expanded efforts to reach hungry families in America. To provide more Americans with better access to more nutritious, balanced, and delicious meals, the organizations unveiled a new national mobile pantry program that will deliver more than 50 million meals over the next three years.

Besides providing millions of pounds of food, Kraft is donating $4.5 million to Feeding America over the next three years to purchase up to 25 mobile pantries. In the past 25 years, Kraft has contributed $770 million in funding and food to support Feeding America and other hunger relief initiatives worldwide. The mobile pantry program is part of Kraft’s new, three-year $180 million commitment to fighting hunger and supporting healthy lifestyles globally.

By making an average of three trips a week, each vehicle can distribute the equivalent of 1.1 million meals annually.

During the first year of the program, mobile pantries will be delivered to New York NY, Chicago IL, San Antonio TX, Madison WI, Central Valley (Fresno area) CA, Cincinnati OH, and Newberry SC. They will provide families with balanced meal options including Oscar Mayer meats, along with fresh fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. Stops will be made at neighborhood food pantries, soup kitchens, churches, schools, or parking lots.

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