Foodbank Receives $90,000 Grant from Norfolk Southern to Combat Food Insecurity
Grant Will Provide More Than 123,000 Meals
Norfolk, VA – The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore is pleased to announce that it has received a $90,000 grant from Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC). The funds will support local efforts to combat food insecurity and assist those in need throughout the Foodbank’s nearly 4,800-mile service area. This latest set of grants from Norfolk Southern builds on the company’s longstanding commitment of giving to critical community organizations across its network.
“Norfolk has long history of giving through the years, and we continue to be grateful for its continued generosity,” says Christopher Tan, President & CEO of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. “With this latest grant, we will be able to provide more than $123,000 meals to our neighbors who are facing food insecurity.”
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than 34 million people in the country, including 9 million children, are food insecure. Many households that experience food insecurity do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and visit their local food banks and other food programs for extra support.
“Every community is home to families impacted by food insecurity. Norfolk Southern is furthering its partnership with more than 30 food banks to feed and assist those in need,” said Kristin Wong, director of corporate giving at Norfolk Southern.
About the Foodbank
For more than 40 years, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore has provided over 350 million meals to those in our community who face hunger. Through our programs, facilities, and large network of community partners, we “eliminate hunger” on a daily basis for many. However, we understand that our current work addresses hunger for individuals in the short term. It does not address the root causes which force individuals to return to a food pantry again and again. This understanding has led to the creation of a strategic plan aimed to move Hampton Roads closer to achieving the mission of eliminating hunger for those we serve—not only for the day, or for the week, but for a lifetime. For up-to-date information on the Foodbank, visit www.foodbankonline.org, Facebook, or Twitter.
About Norfolk Southern
Since 1827, Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) and its predecessor companies have safely moved the goods and materials that drive the U.S. economy. Today, it operates a customer-centric and operations-driven freight transportation network. Committed to furthering sustainability, Norfolk Southern helps its customers avoid 15 million tons of yearly carbon emissions by shipping via rail. Its dedicated team members deliver more than 7 million carloads annually, from agriculture to consumer goods, and is the largest rail shipper of auto products and metals in North America. Norfolk Southern also has the most extensive intermodal network in the eastern U.S., serving a majority of the country’s population and manufacturing base, with connections to every major container port on the Atlantic coast as well as the Gulf of Mexico and Great Lakes. Learn more by visiting www.NorfolkSouthern.com.
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