IN NORTHERN ILLINOIS, 107,710 CHILDREN LIVE IN POVERTY AND 211,858 RECEIVE FREE OR REDUCED-PRICE MEALS.
Two programs intended to fight against hunger in the United States are supported by Subaru of America Foundation. The Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB) and Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) both participate in the Feeding America BackPack™ program.
Both organizations distribute food-filled bags to school children on Fridays. Bags consist of five to six meals, snacks, and juice.
Weekly the NIFB distributes an average of 1,110 backpacks at 34 schools, and 500-800 kids receive bags through the FBSJ.
Subaru of America Foundation helps sustain these simple, yet essential programs. "Subaru has been incredibly generous to us," said Val Traore, CEO of FBSJ. "Both with funds, food, and in-kind gifts, we couldn't ask for a better corporate partner."
Founded in 1983, NIFB began the BackPack program in 2008. NIFB distributed more than 27.2 million pounds of food in 2009 and serves 520 food-assistance sites in 13 counties. It was named 2010 Food Bank of the Year by Feeding America.
For more information on the NIFB, visit www.northernilfoodbank.org.
The KidzPack program started in 2008 with one school in Camden, New Jersey, and now reaches as many as 800 kids. More schools are on the waiting list.
FBSJ has been fighting hunger and malnutrition for 25 years and provided 8.2 million pounds of food and other essentials to 200 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in 2009.
Read more about FBSJ in Drive – Summer 2009, Winter 2010, and Summer 2010 – or visit www.foodbanksj.org.
Subaru of America, Inc. believes in supporting the communities in which its employees live and work. To that end, Subaru builds community partnerships with organizations that share its drive and passion. These organizations are primarily ones that enhance the academic learning experience for young people.