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Bank of America Charitable Foundation Presents $1 Million Contribution to Feeding America in an Effort to Help Connect Low-Income Americans With Federal Nutrition Programs
Date:11/25/2009

Gift is the Largest Donation Ever Made in Support of Feeding America's SNAP Outreach Efforts

CHICAGO, Nov. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger-relief organization, today announced a $1 million donation from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support Feeding America's efforts to connect low-income Americans with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly named the Food Stamp Program. The funds will be used to help Feeding America food banks improve access and provide pre-screening and application assistance for low-income clients seeking emergency food assistance who are eligible for SNAP but not participating.

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The announcement comes on the heels of a report, Reaching Those in Need: State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation Rates in 2007, released yesterday by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) indicating that in 2007, only 66 percent of people who were eligible for SNAP received benefits. State-by-state participation rates varied from 42 percent to 100 percent.

"On behalf of the 25 million people that the Feeding America network serves, I am deeply grateful to Bank of America for its tremendous generosity," said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America. "This donation will enable food banks to connec
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