Siemens Foundation Donation to Help Provide One Million Meals* to Feeding America, Benefitting Capital Area Food Bank
In partnership with Feeding America, the Siemens Foundation is providing six million meals* to people in need through local food banks across the country
The Siemens Foundation, through its partnership with Feeding America®, today announced a donation of $100,000 to Capital Area Food Bank to address the growing need to fight hunger in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. With these funds, Capital Area Food Bank is able to provide more meals to people experiencing food insecurity in the Washington, D.C. community, home to Siemens USA and Siemens Government Technologies Headquarters.
This donation is part of a larger national effort by the Siemens Foundation, to provide six million meals* to Feeding America to support people in need in Atlanta; Chicago; Malvern, PA; Orlando; Sacramento; and Washington, DC.
“The pandemic brings into stark relief the challenges that so many people face in the communities where we live and work, including the nation’s capital and home to Siemens USA Headquarters,” said Barbara Humpton, chair of the Siemens Foundation Board of Directors and CEO of Siemens USA. “This commitment to support families and individuals in each of these regions is part of our overall mission to do what is right and to do our share.”
Unemployment and the need for food assistance has soared in the wake of the pandemic. According to Feeding America, across the United States, more than 42 million people may face hunger because of coronavirus, including a potential 13 million children. Food insecurity is not an isolated issue, however, as Americans financially impacted by the pandemic are often having to choose between paying their mortgage or rent, critical medicine, childcare, and putting food on the table.
Aligned with its mission to close the opportunity gap in America, the Siemens Foundation worked closely with Feeding America to provide support to local member food banks that serve people in need.
“It now goes without saying that this has been a year unlike any we’ve ever seen, with demand for emergency food at record highs in our region,” said Radha Muthiah, president and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank. “We simply couldn’t be meeting the need right now without help from generous partners like the Siemens Foundation. Recovering from this pandemic is going to be a long process, and it’s this kind of support that is enabling us to provide food that will help our neighbors in need today while also helping them move towards greater opportunity tomorrow.”
Over the past year, the Capital Area Food Bank has seen an increase in food insecurity nearing 50 percent, meaning a total of 600,000 people may be uncertain where their next meal is coming from. This uptick in demand for emergency food has caused the food bank to dramatically increase the amount of food it supplies, which has more than doubled since March of last year to 62 million meals. Given significant disruptions to the retail supply chain and subsequent drops in levels of donated food, the Capital Area Food Bank has also had to purchase more of its food than ever before – buying 780 truckloads of food in the past year alone.
These recent donations reflect the Siemens Foundation’s ongoing commitment to advance economic, social and racial justice for all in the United States. Earlier this year, the Foundation invested $2 million in two Community Development Financial Institutions Funds (CDFI) that provide low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged people with the capital they need for meaningful health and economic opportunity and development.
In 2020, the Siemens Foundation, including funding from the Siemens Healthineers Fund, donated $2 million to 20 community health centers across the country, enabling these centers to continue providing care for millions of Americans in underserved and uninsured communities. Other Siemens Foundation donations are supporting HBCUs in their plans to safely reopen campuses and efforts by the National Governors Association to reskill workers in the new economy.
These efforts complement Siemens’ corporate social responsibility initiatives, including advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as supporting communities as they combat and recover from the pandemic. Most recently, in partnership with the U.S Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Centers, Siemens donated $140,000 across seven Black-owned small businesses to build more resilient supply chains. In addition, the company’s employees are on the frontlines of COVID-19 response across the country helping to reopen schools, keep factories running, and strengthen the vaccine rollout.
For more information on how Siemens is taking action to support communities, industry, healthcare and local government during the pandemic, visit its COVID-19 response page.
For more information on the Siemens Foundation, follow @SFoundation on Twitter or visit siemens-foundation.org.
*$1 helps to provide at least ten meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks.
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