AURORA, IL, Mar. 31 /CSRwire/ – MetLife Foundation announced today that it is donating $50,000 to Northern Illinois Food Bank to help deal with increased demand for their services as a result of coronavirus.
Food banks face the challenge of getting shelf-stable food into people’s homes as quickly as possible, especially now that vulnerable populations such as the elderly have been advised to practice social distancing. In addition, food banks face greater need from families with children who no longer have access to meals at schools.
“We want to help those impacted by coronavirus,” said Mike Zarcone, head of Corporate Affairs for MetLife and Chairman of MetLife Foundation. “That includes the communities in Illinois where we work and live. We know that children out of school and seniors face food insecurity as a result of COVID-19, and we are committed to help.”
Northern Illinois Food Bank serves communities in a 13-county area outside Chicago and Cook County, partnering with local pantries, businesses, and nonprofits to support families and individuals in need.
“We are grateful for MetLife’s commitment to helping feed neighbors in our communities who are being affected by this outbreak,” said Julie Yurko, President and CEO of Northern Illinois Food Bank. “Our neighbors already often have limited resources and tight budgets, so we know that any reduction in work hours, income, or time spent in school for children as a result of this crisis will create additional financial strain and difficulty in accessing nutritious foods, thus making our work more important than ever.”
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At MetLife Foundation, we believe financial health belongs to everyone. We bring together bold solutions, deep financial expertise and meaningful grants to build financial health for people and communities that are underserved and aspire for more. We partner with organizations around the world to create financial health solutions and build stronger communities, engaging MetLife employee volunteers to help drive impact. MetLife Foundation was created in 1976 to continue MetLife’s long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Since its founding through the end of 2019, MetLife Foundation provided more than $860 million in grants and $85 million in program-related investments to make a positive impact in the communities where MetLife operates. To date, our financial health work has reached 9.9 million low-income individuals in 42 countries. To learn more about MetLife Foundation, visit www.metlife.org.
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