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New $2.12 Million Grant Expands Morgan Stanley’s Support to Feeding America During COVID-19 and Builds Upon Efforts to Help Improve Access to Food for Children and Families in Need Across the United States
NEW YORK, Jun 17, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Morgan Stanley Foundation today announced a donation of $2.12 million to Feeding America®, including a $1.94 million grant to 28 member food banks across the United States to provide families with children the ability to choose from available foods or food boxes at pantries or program sites. The funds will provide a unique opportunity for local food banks to incorporate elements of choice to food distributions, while still maintaining safety protocols due to the coronavirus pandemic. The choice model provides more healthy options and ensures families have access to foods aligned with their preferences and dietary requirements.
Feeding America projects that approximately 42 million people, including 13 million children, could face hunger this year in the U.S. due to COVID-19. During the first twelve months of the pandemic, Feeding America member food banks saw an estimated 55 percent increase in the number of people seeking food assistance. In the early days of the pandemic, roughly 4 in 10 people visiting food banks were seeking help for the first time.
"For 60 years, the Morgan Stanley Foundation has been dedicated to ensuring children received the healthy start to life they deserve – and ensuring they have access to healthy and nutritious food is a crucial part of that commitment," said Joan Steinberg, Global Head of Philanthropy at Morgan Stanley. "Given the challenges that we’ve seen exacerbated by the pandemic over the past year, we are pleased to build upon our decade long partnership with Feeding America to help fight hunger through this impactful choice model in the communities where we live and work."
Morgan Stanley has a long-standing commitment to helping communities facing hunger and has donated more than $38 million to the Feeding America network of food banks in the last decade. This is the second grant in a four-year commitment to optimize flexibility for food banks through different choice models and ultimately provide healthier meals to more children and families for greater outcomes.
The following Feeding America member food banks are recipients of the latest Morgan Stanley Foundation grants:
Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
Capital Area Food Bank
Care and Share Food Bank
Colorado Springs, CO
Central California Food Bank
Community Foodbank of New Jersey
East Texas Food Bank
Feeding Tampa Bay
FeedMore Western New York, Inc.
Food Bank For New York City
New York, NY
Food Bank of Delaware
Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc.
Food Finders Food Bank Inc.
Good Shepherd Food Bank
Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Inc.
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
Lowcountry Food Bank
Redwood Empire Food Bank
Santa Rosa, CA
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana, Inc.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana
New Orleans, LA
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee
Second Harvest Foodbank of Clark, Champaign, & Logan Counties
Second Harvest of the Big Bend, Inc.
South Coast Food Share
Coos Bay, OR
Southeast Texas Food Bank
St. Louis Area Foodbank
To learn more about Morgan Stanley’s giving back efforts, please see here.
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