Four Massachusetts Hunger Organizations Receive $525,000 Through Bank of America’s COVID-19 Employee Booster Initiative
To fight hunger in Massachusetts, Bank of America donated $100 for each bank employee who registered a booster of the COVID-19 vaccine in addition to a company contribution
BOSTON, February 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Bank of America today announced a total $525,000 donation to the Greater Boston Food Bank, Lovin’ Spoonfuls, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the Worcester County Food Bank to address food insecurity in the area. An estimated 15.9 percent of households were food insecure Massachusetts end of 2021, according to Project Bread. As the pandemic continues, organizations fighting hunger in Massachusetts and across the country face ongoing challenges such as increased demand for their services and rising food prices.
Bank of America is supporting the health and safety of its employees while meeting one of the most critical needs of local communities. Earlier this year, the company announced that it would be making a $100 donation to local hunger relief organizations and food banks for each employee Massachusetts who received a booster or a COVID-19 vaccine and notified the bank before the end of January. The company has made an additional contribution to meet the increased needs of hunger relief organizations across the country.
The Greater Boston Food Bank, New England’s largest food bank, received $225,000. For each $1 given, the organization can provide two meals to the community. The bank has been a longtime partner of the Greater Boston Food Bank since 1985, providing more than $2 million in support over the years.
“We truly appreciate creative partners like Bank of America who prioritize the health and well-being of their employees and the greater community around them,” said Catherine d’Amato, president and CEO of the Greater Boston Food Bank. “This unique program accomplishes both by encouraging their team to protect themselves against COVID and by generously providing food banks like GBFB with the financial resources to purchase and distribute more healthy food to those in need.”
Lovin’ Spoonfuls, a food rescue organization headquartered in Bostonalso received a $225,000 Don. Lovin’ Spoonfuls collects healthy, fresh food that would otherwise be thrown away at markets, wholesalers, etc., and delivers it – the same day – to non-profit organizations across Massachusetts that reach people facing food insecurity. This donation builds on the bank’s partnership with Lovin’ Spoonfuls, which since 2014 has received close to $500,000 in support.
“Bank of America is a leader and champion for community and public health – and it shows in both its rollout of the vaccine recall initiative and its nearly decade-long ongoing support of Lovin’ Spoonfuls. “, said Ashley Stanley, Founder and Executive Director of Lovin’ Spoonfuls. “With food insecurity rates still higher than before the pandemic, Bank of America’s support of Lovin’ Spoonfuls is especially important. It positions us to continue to be a source of healthy food for beneficiaries who rely on we.”
The food bank of Western Massachusettswho operates in Berkshire, franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties, received $50,000. A partner bank since 1995, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts believes that for each $1 donated, they can provide four meals. They have already received more than $400,000 in support of the bank.
“This campaign is another example of the creative ways Bank of America consistently supports the Food Bank’s mission to feed our neighbors in need and lead the community in ending hunger,” said Andrew MorehouseGeneral Manager of the Food Bank Western Massachusetts.
Finally, the Worcester County Food Bank, which distributes healthy, fresh food to pantries, meal programs and shelters across the Greater Worcester region, received $25,000. “With the ongoing pandemic, the end of child tax credit payments and the rising costs of food, home heating and gas for vehicles, more people need help than a year ago,” the Worcester County Food Bank CEO said. John McMurray. “The loyal and generous support we receive from Bank of America and the Worcester County community helps us help our neighbors during this very difficult time.”
At the national level, the bank is committed $10.6 million to food banks and hunger relief organizations through this effort. Since 2015, Bank of America has donated nearly $150 million towards efforts to reduce hunger.
“As the pandemic continues to impact Massachusettsfood banks and hunger relief organizations are experiencing increased demand and higher costs to meet the needs of individuals and families,” said Miceal Chamberlain, chairman of Bank of America Massachusetts. “Our commitment to helping strengthen the communities in which we live and serve is unwavering, which is why we are investing in the health, safety and well-being of our teammates while providing funds to help local organizations support our neighbors and fight food insecurity.”
Bank of America has pledged to donate a minimum of $25,000 in each of the company’s 93 markets to local nonprofit partners as part of its vaccine recall effort. Because vaccination reminders and reports are voluntary and additional company contributions are reflected in the final amount, actual donation amounts differ from the number of reminders reported by bank employees.
The company has encouraged staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19 since the summer of 2021 and offered incentives such as paid time off and $500 credits for health insurance premiums. In partnership with local nonprofits, Bank of America has also distributed more than 38 million masks, 41,000 cases of hand sanitizer and 11 million gloves to local communities as part of its ongoing efforts to fight against the health disparities accelerated by the pandemic.
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