Americans are food insecure
Americans rely on food banks
1 in 8
People like Christine and Holly (see below)
300,554 meals provided in
St. Louis, Chicago, and Detroit
We fund the distribution of a meal from a food bank to a local pantry each time you use GiftAMeal. This includes refrigeration, transportation, and labor costs. One meal is composed of 1.2 pounds of food (e.g. meat, produce, canned goods). Meals are provided by our wonderful partner food banks: Operation Food Search in St. Louis, Lakeview Pantry in Chicago, and Forgotten Harvest in Detroit.
Operation Food Search feeds 200,000 people every month, distributing more than $35M worth of food and necessities to 330 community partners in 31 Missouri and Illinois counties and in the city of St. Louis.
“These donations allow us to expand our efforts to feed more children and their families in unique, targeted ways that lift the overall vibrancy of our region."
- Judy Coyman, Director of Community Relations
Dir. of Community Relations: Judy Coyman
“GiftAMeal exemplifies a business committed to community investment to lift up those who need our collective help the most. We as a community ‘win’ with their continuing success.”
Lakeview Pantry has three food distribution programs that deliver more than 1.6 million pounds of food each year. It also offers social services that help clients achieve independence.
"It's through innovative partnerships like this one that allow Lakeview Pantry to distribute over 1.3 million meals to our neighbors in need every year. Most people don't know that 1 in 9 people on the North Side of Chicago suffer from hunger and struggle with poverty. … We are very grateful to GiftAMeal for aiding in the fight to end hunger and helping to feed Chicago's hungry."
- Kellie O'Connell, executive director of Lakeview Pantry
Lakeview Client: Christine
Lakeview Panty offers aid to people like Christine, who works hard to be the best mother she can. With help from Lakeview Pantry, she is trying to find stability in her new life. And because of you, they are able to provide that help to her and so many others.
Forgotten Harvest rescued over 45 million pounds of food last year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from 800 sources (grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors).
“The importance of the food provided as a result of your generosity should not be underestimated… As metro Detroit’s only food rescue organization, Forgotten Harvest is an important source of nutritious food for those who turn to local feeding programs. ”
- Forgotten Harvest
Holly - Forgotten Harvest Client
Kirk Mayes - Forgotten Harvest CEO
Beyond GiftAMeal - A Statement from our CEO and Founder
"We need to improve on targeting root causes of hunger to end this massive problem. We need to evaluate underlying mechanisms that are causing cyclical poverty and are making families stuck in food insecurity. At the same time, we must also ensure that we are aiding those currently in need. This requires an increase in awareness and ownership over the hunger problem we face as a society."