March 11, 2008
Food Lifeline Receives Grant to Fight Child Hunger
Seattle, WA, Mar. 11, 2008 -
Food Lifeline announced today that it has received $34,021 to combat child hunger in Western Washington. The grant will be used to secure additional food which will be distrubted to 300 member agency food banks, meal programs and shelters. This generous funding will support more than 26,000 additional meals to hungry children through Food Lifeline's innovative food rescue programs.
The grant was made possible by Charity Projects Entertainment Fund (CPEF), which was established to raise awareness of poverty across the United States and throughout the world. With this mission, CPEF teamed up with FOX and "AMERICAN IDOL" to present "IDOL GIVES BACK," which aired on FOX in April 2007. "IDOL GIVES BACK" was a two-night special which raised awareness and funds for organizations that focus on providing resources for young people in extreme poverty in the U.S. and Africa.
Food Lifeline received the grant as a result of its membership in America's Second Harvest - The Nation's Food Bank Network. America's Second Harvest was chosen as one of four domestic charities that received funds which were raised through "IDOL GIVES BACK" America's Second Harvest is the nation's largest hunger-relief organization, providing food and grocery products to more than 25 million Americans each year through a Network of more than 200 food banks and 50,000 agencies including soup kitchens, food pantries, emergency shelters and feeding programs for both children and seniors.
"We are extremely grateful for this support of our work feeding hungry children, especially since 37% of those Food Lifeline serves are children" said Linda Nageotte, Food Lifeline President & CEO. "Each year, approximately 9 million children receive food through the America's Second Harvest Network. This grant will help Food Lifeline and other food banks across the country continue to ensure that these children do not go to bed hungry or wondering where their next meal will come from.
About Food Lifeline
Food Lifeline is Washington's largest hunger relief organization, distributing food to 300 neighborhood food banks, shelters and hot meal programs in Western Washington. Each year, Food Lifeline feeds over half a million hungry people - 37 percent of whom are children. Food Lifeline is a member of America's Second Harvest, the Nation's Food Bank Network, the largest hunger relief organization in the United States. Only five percent of every financial donation is used for administrative costs and the return on investment is significant: for every $1 donated Food Lifeline provides 5 meals to hungry people. Please visit www.foodlifeline.org.
America's Second Harvest -- The Nation's Food Bank Network is the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through its Network of more than 200 Member food banks, America's Second Harvest annually provides assistance to more than 25 million people in need, including more than 9 million children and nearly 3 million seniors in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each year, America's Second Harvest secures and distributes more than 2 billion pounds of food and grocery products to support feeding programs at approximately 50,000 local charitable agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs, and Kids Cafes. To learn more, please visit www.secondharvest.org.
Charity Projects Entertainment Fund (CPEF) --CPEF is a charitable organization established to raise money and awareness to help combat extreme poverty in the U.S. and throughout the world, particularly in Africa. CPEF uses the power of entertainment to drive positive change to achieve its vision of creating a just world free from poverty. CPEF is inspired and supported by the UK charity that invented Red Nose Day.
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