Conagra Foods Announces Largest Donation Ever to Fight Child Hunger With Feeding America at the Organization's Concert Featuring Sheryl Crow
Omaha, Neb., September 30, 2009 — Ending September’s Hunger Action Month on a high note, a celebrity supporter of Feeding America announced ConAgra Foods Foundation’s new $10 million commitment to Feeding America at its “Rock a Little, Feed a Lot” concert Tuesday night featuring Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper and other performers. ConAgra Foods Foundation’s contribution is the largest donation ever made to fight child hunger with Feeding America and will help the organization meet the needs of the more than 12 million children in America – one in six – who are at risk of hunger across the country.
“Hunger Action Month may be coming to an end, but our commitment to ending childhood hunger is year-round,” said Gary Rodkin, CEO of ConAgra Foods. “With this $10 million grant to Feeding America’s child hunger programs, ConAgra Foods and our Foundation are strengthening our commitment to help provide kids in America with the nourishment to thrive.”
The $10 million grant supports new Feeding America child hunger initiatives that provide children with the nourishment needed to succeed in school and life, including:
· Establishing the ConAgra Foods Child Hunger Corps, a group of dedicated individuals whose roles will be to advance child hunger programs in communities across the country.
· Funding the Summer Feeding Program to feed children when they don’t have access to free and reduced school breakfast and lunch programs.
· Creating the new ConAgra Foods Fund to Fight Child Hunger to provide funding to meet critical child hunger needs in communities the Feeding America’s network of food banks serves.
Understanding that child hunger can’t be solved alone, ConAgra Foods Foundation is also building a community of people passionate about ending child hunger. A new online community launches this week on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ConAgraFoodsFoundation) and will provide a place where individuals committed to the issue can connect with each other and learn more about ConAgra Foods Foundation and Feeding America’s efforts to addressing child hunger.