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Bank of America awards $700K in food insecurity grants

Written by Mindia Whittier

North Texas has the 6th highest food insecure population in the U.S. 

Two Dallas-based non-profits and two Fort Worth-based agencies are receiving donations from Bank of America to address food insecurity in the Dallas Fort Worth area.

As part of a unique program to encourage bank employees to get boosted while supporting the overall health and well-being of the community, Crossroads Community Services (CCS) received $400,000, North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) received $200,000, Community Food Bank (CFB) received $75,000 and Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) received $25,000.

To help fight hunger in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Bank of America donated $100 for each bank employee who recorded a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot in addition to a company contribution. The donations will provide an estimated 2.5 million meals to address food insecurity in the region.

Since the onset of the pandemic, Bank of America has provided over $1 million in funding to metroplex partners in support of local hunger relief efforts. According to NTFB, 1 out of every six people in North Texas will go to bed hungry.

“We are so appreciative for the support of companies like Bank of America,” said Trisha Cunningham, NTFB President and CEO. “Our mission for the last forty years has been to bridge the hunger gap in North Texas and provide children, adults and seniors a hunger-free future. Corporate partners are a critical component of our efforts and we could not meet the growing demand for our services without their trust, collaboration and generosity.”

Nationally, the bank has committed $10.6 million dollars to food banks and hunger relief organizations through this effort. Since 2015, Bank of America has donated nearly $150 million toward hunger relief efforts.

“As the pandemic continues to impact Dallas-Ft. Worth, food banks and hunger relief organizations are experiencing increased demand and higher costs to meet the needs of individuals and families,” said Jennifer Chandler, President, Bank of America Dallas. “Our commitment to help strengthen the communities we live in and serve is unwavering, which is why we are investing in the health, safety and wellbeing of our teammates while also providing funds to help local organizations support our neighbors and fight food insecurity.”

Bank of America committed to donating a minimum of $25,000 to a local nonprofit partner in each of the company’s 93 markets as part its vaccine booster effort. Because vaccination boosters and reporting are voluntary and additional company contributions are reflected in the final amount, actual donation amounts differ from the number of boosters reported by bank employees.

The company has encouraged staff to get COVID-19 vaccinations since summer 2021 and has offered incentives such as paid time-off and $500 credits towards health benefit 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 in local communities as part of its ongoing efforts to address health-related disparities accelerated by the pandemic.

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Mindia Whittier