2020 was a year of challenges, innovation, technology, and relationships. It was a year of protest and division as millions came together to reaffirm the fact that #BlackLivesMatter. It was a year of sorrow as we’ve now lost more than 2 million people, globally, to this vicious disease. It was a year that pushed us like never before, and similar to many of you, it forced us to adapt to this new COVID-world.
Food drives became socially distant, in-person events were canceled, and through it all, it was our most impactful year to date -- our network delivered more than 5 million pounds (over 4 million meals) to food banks across the U.S. and Canada.
To put that into perspective, those numbers represent a…
A 39% increase over 2019 (which was also a record year)
- 25% of the overall total we’ve delivered over the past 11 years.
While our impact grew, so did the need. It’s estimated that the number of food-insecure people in America increased by nearly 50% from 37 million in 2019 to over 50 million including 1 in 4 kids. 60% of those visiting food banks visited for the first time. Simply put, people and food banks in this country are struggling, and they continue to need our support.
We are more committed than ever to help fight hunger and food waste. Our incredible team will continue to work hard every day, and we want to thank our amazing network for their unwavering support.
We have some exciting initiatives and events planned for 2021, but before we get there, let’s look back at a year unlike any other in our 2020 Year in Review.