Harry Chapin Food Bank Awarded Morgan Stanley Grant to Expand Program Delivering Nutritious Meals to Children and Families
$25,000 Grant Will Fund "School Pantry Program"
Naples, FL — June 27, 2014 — The Harry Chapin Food Bank today announced a $25,000 grant from Morgan Stanley to fund its School Pantry Program, a child hunger initiative that helps make sure low-income families in Collier County have a readily accessible source of healthy and nutritious food to prepare at home.
The grant is part of the latest phase in Morgan Stanley’s more than $14 million commitment to Feeding America and its network of 200 local food banks that distribute millions of meals every year to children and families across the United States. As part of the initiative, Morgan Stanley will award more than $4 million over three years to local food banks like Harry Chapin to launch, expand and sustain critical childhood feeding programs.
“We are thrilled to receive this important grant from Morgan Stanley in support of our efforts to deliver more nutritious meals to children and families in Collier County,” said Al Brislain, Harry Chapin Food Bank, President & CEO. “Morgan Stanley is a terrific partner for our organization. We are grateful for this grant and for the Morgan Stanley volunteers who show their support by spending so many hours volunteering for The Harry Chapin Food Bank.”
“We are honored to be able to help The Harry Chapin Food Bank in its important fight against child hunger,” said Morgan Stanley Managing Director Gregg Stupinski. “Giving back to the communities where we live and work is one of Morgan Stanley’s core values.”
Nationwide, child hunger is a critical problem. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, nearly 16 million children in the U.S. lack consistent access to the minimum amounts of nutritious food considered necessary for a healthy life. Feeding America’s most recent Map the Meal Gap research indicates more than one in five children in 37 states and Washington D.C. do not have access to enough nutritious food to learn, grow and thrive.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank solicits, collects and stores quality food for distribution to families in need through a network of more than 150 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties that provide food to more than 30,000 people monthly. In 2013, the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 17.5 million pounds of food, provided 14.6 million meals and turned every $1 into $6 worth of food for those in need.