Feeding South Florida receives $4,000 grant from The Safeway Foundation and Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Hunger Is program to fight childhood hunger

Grant will help provide daily breakfasts and eradicate childhood hunger throughout 33 states.

Pembroke Park, FL – February 1, 2017 – Feeding South Florida has received a $4,000 grant from Hunger Is to help provide meals to children who need it the most. Feeding South Florida was nominated by the managers of Albertsons stores, and this grant was made possible by their customers who contributed generously during a month-long in-store fundraiser this September.  Hunger Is, with support from Academy Award®-nominated actress and Hunger Is Ambassador Viola Davis raised funds from shoppers throughout 2,300 Albertsons Companies stores to distribute more than $4.6 million to fund 110 programs across 33 states, in the U.S., and the District of Columbia, to provide breakfasts to children in need and help eradicate childhood hunger.

The $4,000 Hunger Is grant will go towards feeding children in the local community living in households that struggle to provide sufficient and healthy meals, including supporting daily breakfast. Studies have shown that eating breakfast can improve a child’s attention span during school and lead to an increase in academic performance. Three out of four elementary and middles school teachers say they regularly see students come to school hungry, a statistic Hunger Is seeks to end.

“Feeding South Florida is thrilled to receive this Hunger Is grant as well as the recognition of the Albertsons store managers for our work,” said Paco Velez, President & CEO of Feeding South Florida. “Raising awareness and making a difference around this critical issue in South Florida is a big priority for us and we thank everyone who took the time from their shopping routine to think about the children in need in our community.”

To learn more about the fight against childhood hunger and to donate to the cause, visit HungerIs.org.

About Feeding South Florida®

Feeding South Florida’s mission is to end hunger in South Florida by providing immediate access to nutritious food, leading hunger and poverty advocacy efforts, and transforming lives through innovative programming and education. Feeding South Florida® is the sole Feeding America® food bank in South Florida, and the leading domestic hunger-relief organization in the region, serving 25 percent of the state’s food insecure population. Through a local network of more than 400 nonprofit partner agencies, Feeding South Florida rescues 44 million pounds of food annually, serving 784,110 individuals in need of food assistance, 264,280 of whom are children, and 130,000 are older adults, throughout Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. For more information, visit www.feedingsouthflorida.org or call 954.518.1818.

About Hunger Is

Hunger Is, a joint charitable program of the Albertsons Companies Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), is designed to build awareness and raise funds in an effort to eradicate childhood hunger in America. Funds raised through Hunger Is directly benefit programs focused on combating childhood hunger and improving health-related outcomes.  For more information, visit www.HungerIs.org.

Through the Hunger Is Advisory Committee (HIAC), Hunger Is works together with the leading hunger organizations including Drexel University, Center for Hunger-Free Communities; Feeding America; Food Research and Action Center (FRAC); Hunger Free America; Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign; and WhyHunger. The HIAC provides guidance in defining and addressing needs and makes funding recommendations for approval by The Albertsons Companies Foundation and EIF Boards of Directors.

For more information, visit www.HungerIs.org.

About the Albertsons Companies Foundation

Founded in 2001, the Albertsons Companies Foundation, formerly the Safeway Foundation, supports causes that impact our customers’ lives. Albertsons Companies stores provide the opportunity to mobilize funding and create awareness in our neighborhoods through the generous contributions by our customers, our employees’ passion and partnerships with our vendors. We focus on giving locally in the areas of health and human services, hunger relief, education and helping people with disabilities. Albertsons Companies and the Albertsons Companies Foundation have invested $2 billion in our neighborhoods since 2001. For more information about the Albertsons Companies Foundation, visit www.albertsonscompaniesfoundation.org.

About the Entertainment Industry Foundation

Founded in 1942, the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) is a multifaceted organization that occupies a unique place in the world of philanthropy. By mobilizing and leveraging the powerful voice and creative talents of the entertainment industry, as well as cultivating the support of organizations (public and private) and philanthropists committed to social responsibility, EIF builds awareness and raises funds, developing and enhancing programs on the local, national and global level that facilitate positive social change.  For more information, visit www.eifoundation.org.

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