Addressing food insecurity one effort at a time

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Hunger impacts every single county in the United States. More than 34 million people struggle to put food on their tables. This issue was exacerbated by the Coronavirus pandemic when communities shuttered, unemployment rose, and expenses mounted. As the public health crisis progressed, Huntington stepped up efforts to help address hunger in America.

Volunteers packing food in boxes

In each of our regions, Huntington colleagues help support their neighbors in need by volunteering at food banks, prepping meals for seniors, and providing food to veterans in need. Our colleagues participate in charitable food distribution programs to help ensure that people experiencing food insecurity get the sustenance they need.

  • In Pennsylvania, colleagues assist with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank's program called The Market, which serves as the organization’s on-site pantry open to the public for shopping and online orders. The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank serves 11 counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania, two of which sit in the top 10 counties with the highest food insecurity rates.
  • Broomfield FISH (Fellowship in Serving Humanity) in Colorado provides food, emergency financial assistance, and one-on-one mentoring support to Broomfield residents in need. Over half of the individuals FISH helps are children under the age of 18. Huntington volunteers have worked in the organization’s FISH Marketplace Pantry to prepare thousands of pounds of food donations for shoppers in need of proper nourishment.
  • Unfortunately, over 13,000 military Veterans in the state of West Virginia are without enough food to eat. To address this issue, Huntington provided funding to help expand the Mountaineer Food Bank’s Veterans Table Feeding Program, which supplies shelf-stable and fresh food boxes for disadvantaged veterans and their families.
  • Several members of our board of directors and executive leadership team, including CEO Steve Steinour, joined more than 20 colleagues at Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. The group packed 480 food boxes for the organization's Commodity Supplemental Food Program, which helps to improve the health of low-income seniors.

Huntington continues to partner with local agencies that offer healthy food options to community members. Colleagues will dedicate more than 1,000 hours volunteering at food banks, distribution centers, and other assistance programs to ensure those struggling, hardworking families have one less thing to worry about.

  • Colleagues in Minneapolis volunteer at Second Harvest Heartland to help provide much-needed food to families. Volunteers will pack boxes of nutritious groceries that will go to food shelves in 59 counties across Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
  • One in every ten households experience low or very low food security. Ten colleagues are responding to this need by volunteering with the Hunger Task Force (HTF), Milwaukee's only free and local food bank. Huntington volunteers will assist with HTF’s Stockbox build, assembling boxes of nutritious items for delivery to nearly 10,000 low-income seniors in Southeastern Wisconsin.

These are a few examples of what Huntington does to help make our communities food secure.