OKLAHOMA CITY, April 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Feed the Children, a leading hunger relief organization, has been working with its network of community partners on the ground in cities and towns across the U.S. and in the 10 countries it serves to address the ever-growing needs of those affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus). Seeing the situation firsthand, the nonprofit is also urging communities to continue to stand together to provide resources to their neighbors who need it most.
"During these difficult days of COVID-19, it deeply pains me to confront the reality that we find our resources—as well as those of our partners—most sorely strained at exactly the moment we are called upon to help more and more people," said Travis Arnold, Feed the Children president and CEO. "That's why I want to encourage everyone to give back to your community today, no matter the amount. Your actions could bring hope to a struggling family or child who feels lost during this uncertain time."
As people have united in a global effort to flatten the curve, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect many aspects of our daily lives, especially the economy. While millions of Americans are waiting to see pending unemployment and stimulus checks, many are left to wonder how they will get their next meal. Families who have never needed help before are now finding themselves in an unfamiliar reality – living with food insecurity.
To help soften the harsh truth families are facing, Feed the Children has been exploring new and safe ways to get food, water and personal care items into the hands of those who need it. Since March, Feed the Children has distributed more than 7.1 million pounds of gift-in-kind product to families for COVID-19 response, with an estimated value of more than $38 million.
In the U.S., Feed the Children has collaborated with more than 190 community partners coast-to-coast and in the heartland to provide boxes of shelf-stable food and daily life essentials. So far, thanks to its network of community partners, more than 270 deliveries have been made to help both urban and rural populations. Just a few examples of community impact are:
Through its international program work, the organization has placed a priority during this crises on three key elements of its integrated community development approach:
The effects of COVID-19 on our communities is expected to be ongoing and ever growing. Your help is needed now more than ever. Feed the Children is accepting online donations through its website. Every dollar given goes seven times as far to provide food, hope, dignity and comfort.
Visit feedthechildren.org to learn more.
About Feed the Children
At Feed the Children, we feed hungry kids. We envision a world where no child goes to bed hungry. In the U.S. and internationally, we are dedicated to helping families and communities achieve stable lives and to reducing the need for help tomorrow, while providing food and resources to help them today. We distribute product donations from corporate donors to local community partners, we provide support for teachers and students, and we mobilize resources quickly to aid recovery efforts when natural disasters strike. Internationally, we manage child-focused community development programs in 10 countries. We welcome partnerships because we know our work would not be possible without collaborative relationships.
Visit feedthechildren.org for more information.
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