Explore Our Work

Who We Are

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.

What We Do

In a country that wastes billions of pounds of food each year, it is almost shocking that anyone in America goes hungry. Yet every day, there are millions of children and adults who do not get the meals they need to thrive. Feeding America works to get nourishing food – from farmers, manufacturers and retailers – to people in need. More specifically, Feeding America’s 2025 goal includes a focus to provide access to enough nutritious food for people struggling with hunger. As food banks continue to make strategic plans to help achieve this goal, nutrition policies have become a tool for food banks to contribute to this goal.

There has also been an increased focus on ensuring that the intersections of food insecurity, nutrition and health are being discussed and addressed throughout the food, nutrition, health, government and social service sectors.

Within this section, you can explore Feeding America’s initiatives, partnerships and research related to diabetes interventions, the increased distribution of healthy foods, food insecurity screenings in health care settings, “nudges,” collective impact and much more. Food banks throughout the network are engaged in new ways of developing solutions to address and end food insecurity, and we look forward to partnering with you!


 Partners

The path to addressing and ending food insecurity cannot be paved alone. We work closely with partner organizations to identify and find solutions to ending food insecurity in the United States.

UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations

UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations The UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital carries out innovative research to prevent and treat chronic disease in populations for whom social conditions often conspire to both promote various chronic diseases and make their management more challenging. Beyond the local communities it serves, CVP is nationally and internationally known for its research in health communication and health policy to reduce health disparities, with special expertise in the social determinants of health, including literacy, food policy, poverty, and minority status, with a focus on the clinical conditions of pre-diabetes, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Through a combination of research and advocacy, the CVP’s Food Policy, Health, and Hunger Research Program, led by Dr. Hilary Seligman, is committed to creating communities where healthy food is appealing, affordable, and easily accessible for everyone.

The Root Cause Coalition

The Root Cause Coalition is a national, member-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the root causes of health disparities by focusing on hunger and other social determinants leading to nationwide epidemic of preventable chronic health conditions. The Root Cause Coalition is committed to harnessing the leadership power of healthcare and community organizations to develop and launch strategies that create positive change, improve individual health and well-being, and deliver sustainable results for our communities and nation. We believe the social determinants of health can be addressed effectively only through intentional partnerships and innovative interventions that work to disrupt hunger, housing instability, economic disparities, and other hardships plaguing our communities.

NOPREN

The Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN) is a thematic research network of the Prevention Research Centers Program. The CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) created NOPREN to foster understanding of the effectiveness of policies to prevent childhood obesity through improved access to affordable, healthier foods and beverages in child care, schools, worksite, and other community settings.The mission of the network is to conduct transdisciplinary practice-based policy research and evaluation along the continuum of policy identification, development, and implementation by:

Identifying relevant policies that foster or inhibit healthier lifestyles;

  • Describing the process of developing and implementing policies;
  • Evaluating adopted policy content, intent, and enforcement;
  • Evaluating outcomes, co-benefits, and consequences of policies; and
  • Translating and disseminating research findings and lessons learned to diverse audiences.
  • To advance the network mission, NOPREN has several working groups where members share tools and methods; develop capacity in policy research and evaluation; and conduct coordinated research and evaluation across sites. Current working groups include: hunger safety net, rural food access, water access, school wellness, healthy food retail, and early care & education.

MyPlate

MyPlate is a reminder to find your personal healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Find resources and more on ChooseMyPlate.gov

Enroll America

Enroll America is the nation’s leading health care enrollment coalition. An independent nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, Enroll America works with more than 4,600 partners in all 50 states to create cutting-edge tools, analyze data, inform policy, and share best practices in service of its mission: maximizing the number of Americans who enroll in and retain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI)

The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI) advocates for legal, regulatory, and policy reforms to improve the health of underserved populations, with a focus on the needs of low-income people living with chronic illnesses and disabilities. CHLPI works with consumers, advocates, community-based organizations, health and social services professionals, food providers and producers, government officials, and others to expand access to high-quality healthcare and nutritious, affordable food; reduce health disparities; develop community advocacy capacity; and promote more equitable and effective healthcare and food systems. CHLPI is a clinical teaching program of Harvard Law School and mentors students to become skilled, innovative, and thoughtful practitioners as well as leaders in health, public health, and food law and policy. Learn more at www.chlpi.org. 

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation was established in 1966 and is the only charitable organization devoted exclusively to promoting nutrition and dietetics. The Foundation exists as the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Mission – Advancing public health and nutrition utilizing the expertise of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.
Vision – We All Eat Right.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Founded as the American Dietetic Association in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1917, a group of women collaborated to aid the government conserve food and improve the public’s health and nutrition during World War I. After 95 years, the association changed its name in January 2012 to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics — complementing the focus of the organization to improve nutritional well-being, communicating the expertise of its members who are a part of a food- and science-based profession.
Vision — Optimizing health through food and nutrition
Mission — Empowering members to be food and nutrition leaders