Did you know…
According to Feeding America, in 2015:
- 42.2 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 29.1 million adults and 13.1 million children.
- 13 percent of households (15.8 million households) were food insecure.
- 5 percent of households (6.3 million households) experienced very low food security.
- Households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 17 percent compared to 11 percent.
- Households that had higher rates of food insecurity than the national average included households with children (17%), especially households with children headed by single women (30%) or single men (22%), Black non-Hispanic households (22%) and Hispanic households (19%).
This year, celebrity friends of Wendy and the Hunter family, will serve meals to over 200 families on Giving Tuesday, November 29, 2016. The holiday dinner will serve as a kick-off to the Hunter Foundation’s debut and holiday fundraising season. Funds collected will be used to support charities that operate hunger relief programs and food pantries for homeless families and families experiencing hunger issues.
We are also hosting a toy drive for children ages 3-13 years old which will begin November 1st. Toys collected will be distributed to the children attending the Hunter Holiday Dinner. Donors are invited to make tax-deductible contributions on Wendy’s Crowdrise Team page.
The foundation’s anti-hunger initiatives focuses on supporting organizations that work with children and families in several categories such as food shortage advocacy, addressing hunger issues, organizing food and clothing drives, or providing emergency assistance to families in need.
The Hunter Foundation contributes funds collected toward organizations and their food and hunger relief programs. During the December 2014 holiday season, the Hunter Foundation partnered with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, which helped identify three (3) non-profit organizations that ran food programs for families in need. The following year, organizations that received contributions grew to five (5) including:
- America’s Grow A Row, Inc.
- Let’s Celebrate, Jersey City, NJ
- New Community Corporation, Newark, NJ
- Eva’s Village, Paterson, NJ
- Franciscan Charities ~ Ann’s Soup Kitchen, Irvington, NJ.
The Hunter Foundation contributions allowed these organizations to collectively provide over 600 meals and/or distribute food bags to families.