Our COVID-19 Response: May Update

by Jeremy Arnold Programs Specialist, Feeding America

Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. For 35 years, we have responded to the crisis of food insecurity in the United States by providing food to people in need through a nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs. We provide meals to more than 46 million people each year, and strive to help the people we serve build a path to a bright, food-secure future by engaging the country in the fight to end hunger.

Feeding America network food banks across the country continue to mobilize their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, deploying new distributions, many of which are drive-through and outdoor, to maximize social distancing. The network is distributing emergency food boxes, and more will continue to reach families and individuals in need in the coming days and weeks. Meanwhile, other food banks are working with school districts and after-school programs to offer grab-and-go cold meals for children and families to help fill the gap while schools are closed. Additionally, Feeding America is working closely with the government to advocate for the supports, protections, and food access needed by all individuals affected by this crisis.

For more information about Feeding America and our COVID-19 response, visit FeedingAmerica.org. Stories about our work will be shared through the Hunger Blog, and other important news can be found in our Press Room. For quick reference, view the list of updates from our sites below:

Need Help? Find Food.

Find a local food pantry or learn more about federal programs that are here to help.

Hunger + Health COVID-19 Resources

Our resources library is curating resources to help you in your public health response to COVID-19 and food insecurity.

Feeding America Action

This website is for our partners to find resources related to federal nutrition programs and learn more about issues that are critical to helping us ensure families have access to food during this pandemic.

Feeding America Network Stays Resilient During COVID-19 Crisis

A new survey provides an update on fund, food, volunteer and distribution needs in the Feeding America network.

COVID-19 Means a ‘New Normal’

Learn how food banks across the country are adapting to an emerging ‘new normal’ as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact millions of people across the country.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program Is the Lifeline Food Banks Need Amid COVID-19

Last year, The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) provided 1.2 billion pounds of food to Feeding America food banks.

Jeremy Arnold is a programs specialist on Feeding America’s health and nutrition team. He is a former food banker with Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and an alum of the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship program.