Feeding Gulf Coast recognized as one of top food banks in nation

Published 3:46 pm Thursday, February 23, 2023

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By Staff Reports

According to a recent release by 24/7 Wall Street, Feeding the Gulf Coast has ranked #2 in the nation’s top forty food banks. 24/7 Wall Street’s methodology analyzed the food bank’s Charity Navigator score which evaluates the organization’s impact, accountability and finance, culture, and leadership. Feeding the Gulf Coast has a Charity Navigator score of 100% with $0.97 of every dollar donated going directly to programs.

“We’re honored to be included in this list and to be recognized as one of the top Food Banks in the country among more than 2,300 peers,” says Michael Ledger, President and CEO of Feeding the Gulf Coast. “Service to our mission of helping those facing hunger in our community drives us daily. That work is only possible if we are excellent stewards of the resources provided to us by our generous partners across our community.”

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As 2022 continued to be a challenging year for individuals navigating rising food and gas costs, Feeding the Gulf Coast worked through more than 800 partners to distribute nearly 29 million meals to those in need. Additionally, more than 4,000 seniors were provided nutritious food boxes, and nearly 12,000 children received meals through the food bank’s four child nutrition programs. The food bank also invested in developing new programs that will impact the health and nutrition of our communities. This work was done in spite of many additional federal resources implemented during the pandemic, like SNAP Emergency Allotments (EA) coming to an end.

“With many of the governmental lifelines established in recent years phasing out, we see our partner agencies struggling to fill the gap as individuals and families continue to need additional aid,” says Ledger. “While we were able to overcome these challenges last year, we recognize that community support is needed more than ever to sustain this level of hunger relief.”

Feeding the Gulf Coast aims to distribute more food and support this year for those in need. The food bank invites those who would like to become involved to visit www.feedingthegulfcoast.org.