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More than 38 million people in America — one in eight — experience food insecurity. To help accelerate hunger relief among people most at risk, specifically underserved communities and military families, Raytheon Technologies is expanding its commitment to Feeding America®‘s Equitable Food Access and Military Hunger Advocacy initiatives.
Raytheon Technologies’ $3 million investment in equitable food access grants will allow food banks across the country to secure and distribute food to the communities most in need, including military families.
The grants will also enable those food banks to start or expand local programs to identify and act on racial and geographical barriers to food access, as well as enable members to build relationships with congressional offices to champion causes that benefit service members.
“Strong and healthy communities start with food security,” said Pam Erickson, Raytheon Technologies’ Chief Communications Officer and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility. “In partnership with Feeding America, we are committed to making progress in the fight against hunger by alleviating the everyday struggles of too many people trying to access nutritious food for their families.”
“No one should have to face uncertainty when it comes to feeding their family,” said Vince Hall, Chief Government Relations Officer at Feeding America. “Raytheon Technologies’ continued commitment is vital in our charge to drive even greater change in our nation by ensuring equitable access to food, especially within communities that are most at risk of hunger.”
This recent investment is an extension of Raytheon Technologies’ ongoing commitment to Feeding America. In 2020, the company supported Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund. Raytheon Technologies’ contributions to this fund helped support 17 food banks across the U.S. and Puerto Rico and launched a volunteer campaign in nine states to distribute more than 675,000 pounds of food to communities in need. In 2021, Raytheon Technologies continued to support the organization through financial donations and volunteer events with select Feeding America member food banks, distributing more than one million meals.
To continue the conversation about food insecurity challenges within the military community, Feeding America and Raytheon Technologies hosted a food distribution event at Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center in Colorado Springs on May 26.