Feeding America

Megan Roberts

Who started to organization? When did they start the organization?

John (van) Hengel started the organization in 1960.

Why did they get started?

Van Hengel, a retired businessman, had been volunteering at a soup kitchen trying to find food to serve the hungry. One day, he met a desperate mother who regularly rummaged through grocery store garbage bins to find food for her children. She suggested that there should be a place where, instead of being thrown out, discarded food could be stored for people to pick up—similar to the way “banks” store money for future use. With that, an industry was born.

How are they funded? Are there any major contributors? Celebrities?

Individuals can contribute, also Corporate and Foundation support to fund hunger-relief efforts nationwide. Celebrities have also donated to Feeding America, for example, Ellen DeGeneres, 50 Cent, Beyonce, etc. They have all made really big donations to Feeding America.

What is their purpose/goal?

Their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. Volunteers around the US help the people who don´t know where their next meal is going to be.

In what countries do they work in?

Only in the United States.

Who do they help?

The Feeding America network is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The nationwide network of food banks provides more than 3.6 billion meals to virtually every community in the United States through food pantries and meal programs.

Work Cited

"Real Stories of Hunger." Feeding America. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 May 2016.


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"Ellen DeGeneres." TVGuide.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 May 2016.


""I GET MONEY"-50 Cent $78 Million Dollar Business Deal with Frigo RevolutionWear - Hip Hop Real Estate." Hip Hop Real Estate. N.p., 24 Dec. 2014. Web. 24 May 2016.


"Our History | St. Mary's Food Bank | The World's First Food Bank." St Marys Food Bank. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 May 2016.