Food Share Wins Morgan Stanley Award to Expand Program Delivering Nutritious Meals
Food Share today announced a $50,000 grant from Morgan Stanley to fund its School Pantry Program, a child hunger initiative that helps to make sure that low-income families have a readily accessible source of health and nutritious food to prepare at home.
The local award is the latest phase of Fill the Plate, Morgan Stanley’s long-standing partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger-relief charity. In total, Morgan Stanley has committed more than $13 million for the Feeding America network to distribute millions of meals to children and families across all 50 states. As part of that initiative, Morgan Stanley will award more than $1 million each year for the next four years to local food banks like Food Share to launch, expand and sustain critical childhood feeding programs.
“We are thrilled to receive this important grant from Morgan Stanley to fund our efforts to deliver more nutritious meals to children and families,” said Bonnie Weigel, president and CEO of FOOD Share. “What’s extraordinary and groundbreaking about this award is that we were able to choose how to use the funds in a way that best matches the nutritional health needs of the Oxnard community.”
“Giving back to the communities where we live and work is one of Morgan Stanley’s core values,” said Bradley J. Dykes, Brand Manager Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Oxnard. “As Morgan Stanley employees in Oxnard, we are proud of our Firm’s grant to Food Share, especially since so many of us are also long-time volunteers at this important community organization.”
Nationwide, child hunger is a critical problem. According to the US Department of Agriculture, about 16 million children are at risk of going hungry. About one in five children under the age of 18, don’t have access to enough nutritious food to learn, grown and thrive.