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Dec 21, 2016 • By

‘Tis the season for giving

During this special time of the year, Americans spend much of their time preparing and enjoying meals together. Food is at the center of holiday activities, providing an opportunity for us to connect with one another.

Yet many people might not have anything to put on the table. In the U.S., one in eight people struggles with hunger.

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The problem is worse among children. One in six lacks the nutrition needed to grow healthy and reach their potential.

We want children to be hungry for life and learning. Not for food.

For too many children, the holiday season means a long break from the free and reduced price school meals that so many count on.

But there are many reasons I’m hopeful about the future. Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks, helps provide more than 4 billion meals to families and individuals each year.

We don’t do this work alone.

More than 2 million people across the country give their time to help feed people in need. Many donate to Feeding America and to their local food banks.

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Partners like General Mills help fill empty plates and kitchen cupboards for people nationwide. For more than 35 years, General Mills’ generous contributions of expertise, food and funds have helped the Feeding America network serve millions of people.

Together, we help provide meals – and so much more – to people like Priscilla.

A Navy veteran and single mom, Priscilla does everything she can to provide for her two young daughters. She isn’t able to afford the daycare she’d need to work full time. She relies on her local food pantry to help make ends meet.

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Priscilla says that the pantry not only offers groceries to her family – it gives her the strength to keep reaching for a brighter tomorrow.

We at Feeding America are grateful to the volunteers and supporters who give to feed more than 46 million people in need, and to our friends at General Mills for their deep partnership.

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We wish you a happy holiday season and look forward to making progress together in 2017 toward ending hunger.

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