Thanks to the generous support of individuals and a matching contribution from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will receive more than $72,000 that will in turn provide 580,545 meals to assist families.
“At a time when many individuals and families are struggling to put food on the table, the opportunity for donors to contribute funds locally to food banks, and extend this support through Bank of America’s matching donation, helped motivate and increase donations to the fight against hunger,” said William Carnegie, President and CEO, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
The Food Action and Research Center (FRAC) reported last year that Tucson ranked 15th among the nation’s top 25 metropolitan areas for families struggling to put food on the table for their children. The analysis of Gallup Data examined food hardship rates, or the inability to afford enough food. As a state, Arizona was tied for the seventh-worst for food hardships for households with children, meaning that there was at least one time during a 12-month period when there wasn’t enough money for food.
The match offer from Bank of America proved to be the motivating factor during the holiday season for nearly $1 million in personal financial contributions from more than 8,000 donors nationwide, helping to provide more than 26 million meals across the United States through Feeding America’s “Give A Meal” campaign.
The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will receive $72,568 from Feeding America in March.
The campaign proved to be an overwhelming success. The Gift for Opportunity fund supported over 80% of Feeding America affiliates, reaching almost every state in the country. The program was a collective effort to fight the pressing issue of hunger in large and small communities and the Give A Meal effort provided an opportunity to engage individuals – on a local level – to help fight hunger in the United States.
As the campaign’s signature partner, Bank of America, through its Gift for Opportunity fund, contributed $2 for every $1 donated. Combined with Bank of America’s initial $1 million donation to Feeding America at the outset of the campaign, the successful outcome is a final donation of $2.5 million to hunger relief in the U.S. Bank of America’s support of the Give A Meal effort stems from its longstanding commitment to serve pressing needs in the communities it serves.