Target gives nationally, and acts locally.

May 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

This past Friday, 50 Target employees volunteered with us as part of their National Day of Giving.  Volunteers from ten Austin-area Target stores sorted food donations, made family food boxes and repacked frozen peas, processing nearly 10,900 pounds of food.

Target, a long-time Feeding America partner, recently launched a “Meals for Minds” program, providing $2.3 million to fund a school food pantry pilot program and its future expansion nationwide.

“Through ‘Meals for Minds’ and our ongoing partnership with Feeding America and local food banks, Target is helping children focus on learning and their educational future – not on how or when they will get their next meal,” says Laysha Ward, Target’s president of community relations.  “Early results of the pilot are encouraging and we’re excited to expand the program to even more schools.”

The company also pledged an additional $1.2 million to local food banks across the country and is projected to donate more than 20 million pounds of food to children and families in need this year.

Thank you, Target, for nourishing hungry Central Texans. If you happen to see any of these smiling faces at your local Target, please thank them.

Even if you don’t have millions to give back like Target does, you can still take the Happy, Healthy Summer Pledge to help nourish hungry children this summer. Since every $5 donated provides $25 worth of food, your support makes a big impact.

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