Bank of America Issues 'Hits for Hunger' Challenge to MLB All-Stars During 80th Midsummer Classic, Pledges $5,000 for Every Recorded Hit to Benefit Feeding America
"We are extremely grateful to Bank of America for the ongoing support in the fight against hunger in this country," said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America. "With 36 million people currently at risk of hunger across the country, it is important now more than ever that we raise awareness and join together to fight domestic hunger. We greatly appreciate Bank of America's engagement in the cause."
Bank of America is a long-standing supporter of Feeding America and its network of food banks across the country. Since 2008, the foundation has contributed over $2 million to Feeding America and its food rescue affiliates, while bank associates volunteered nearly 8,000 hours to assist with hunger relief efforts. During the bank's Global Service Month in April, Bank of America's support of communities across the country in need of basic services took on a human face as thousands of associates volunteered their time and resources and provided over 300,000 meals and 100,000 pounds of food for low income individuals and their families.
"The All-Star Game creates an opportunity to work with our partners at MLB and the Cardinals to enhance our collective giving both nationally and here in St. Louis," said Pat Mercurio, Bank of America Missouri president. "The funds we raise will help to ensure that vulnerable populations supported by the St. Louis Area Foodbank have access to emergency food and other basic services, at a time when they are in dire need."
About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nation's leading hunger-relief organization, which provides support to 25 million Americans every year, including 9 million children and 3 million seniors. The 206 food banks in Feeding America's network serve the entire United States and support more than 63,000 agencies across the country, including soup kitchens and food pantries. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit http://www.feedingamerica.org/.