The 24-foot truck will assist with pick up and distribution of Fresh Rescue product including meat, produce, dairy and bakery from retail stores in eastern Wisconsin. Last year, the Fresh Rescue program gathered more than four million pounds of fresh food, a 200% increase from the previous year.
“Meat and produce provide essential nutrition including protein and vitamins that are often lacking from the diets of those at risk of hunger,” said Bonnie Bellehumeur, president of Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.
“At Chase, we strive to give back to the local, underserved communities we serve in Wisconsin, particularly when our efforts can enhance their quality of life,” said Jim Popp, Wisconsin and Minnesota President.
“This refrigerated truck better equips Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin to deliver nutritious food to our local communities, and we could not be more proud to be part of this hunger relief initiative.”
Chase announced its donation in Wisconsin as part of a $5 million national grant to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization.
This is the largest single corporate donation that Feeding America has received to date. This initiative supplies 34 trucks to 20 food banks in communities hit hard by the recession.
“We’re grateful for community partners like Chase that are taking an active role in caring for hungry children and families,” said Bellehumeur. “This truck will provide healthy food choices for those struggling to put food on the table for years to come.”