The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation is partnering with Feeding America to help fight hunger in local communities. The foundation is providing Feeding America with a $1 million, three-year grant, the foundation’s largest donation in its history.

The grant will be used at Feeding America’s member food banks throughout the United States to fund the programs in most need like the BackPack Program and the School Pantry Program. The BackPack program provides hungry children with nutritious food that they can eat on weekends and school breaks when they don’t have access to other resources. The School Pantry Program distributes food discreetly to in-need children and their families

The specific distribution of the grant will be left up to Feeding America.

“Feeding America is the expert at making decisions where need is the greatest. We trust them to do that,” says Christine Riley, director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Dunkin’ Brands.

The foundation has a seven-year history with Feeding America, having already given more than $1 million in funding to the organization. It recognizes that Feeding America is a national organization that’s able to have an impact on local communities, much like Dunkin' Brands itself. Franchises of the national company are able to volunteer where they see needs in their own communities.

“Our folks get engaged in the community,” says Riley. “Giving money is nice, but personal experience gives our employees the opportunity to see the scale of need in their local communities.”

Dunkin Donuts works with Feeding America in Chicago

This $1 million foundation grant will help the 5.7 million Americans who are fed by Feeding America every week, including nearly 14 million children and 3 million senior citizens.

“The support of our partners in the fight against hunger has never been more critical and we are extremely grateful to the Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation for their generous grant to help us distribute food to those who need it most,” says Maura Daly, chief communication and development officer at Feeding America.

Through this current grant to Feeding America, the foundation is furthering its mission to serve its neighborhoods by taking care of basic needs: hunger, children’s health and safety. To date, it has donated more than $4.5 million to local charities.

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