Building Thriving Communities through Ending Hunger
Bank of America recognizes that basic needs must be met in order for families to advance along the economic continuum. Currently, 82,000 Valley households suffer from chronic hunger. Over the past year, Bank of America has provided grants of $280,000 to Valley of the Sun United Way to help end hunger in the classroom.
Grant dollars are supporting school-based hunger programs in low-income communities in Maricopa County. Specific programs include alternative breakfast models, weekend meal programs, and food-related financial literacy trainings.
Financial support has helped to bring breakfast programs to schools through technical assistance and tools to get programs up and running. Schools can choose between three different models: Breakfast in the Classroom; Breakfast After the Bell; and Grab & Go Breakfast. Many children participating in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program go hungry on the weekend. Grant dollars are supporting United Way’s Weekend Hunger Backpack program, which provides a weekend’s worth of food, so children come to school on Monday ready to learn.
In addition, United Way is providing parents at targeted schools with the opportunity to participate in a Food Literacy and Financial Coaching training program. Local ambassadors are trained as financial coaches and food literacy specialists to work with families on improving their financial health and knowledge of and access to healthy food.
Bank of America’s focus is to “partner with nonprofits who are addressing the economic continuum, including critical needs (food and shelter) to job skills training, all of which contributes to alleviating poverty and building thriving communities.” United Way is proud to be a long-time Bank of America nonprofit partner.
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