Barilla is proud to support the following organizations that are helping people across America to Share The Table. Thank you to these organizations for the tremendous work they do to make our world a better, healthier place.
Feeding America’s mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. At Barilla, we believe in healthy and sustainable food for all. Unfortunately, we are experiencing one of the greatest paradoxes of our time: the excess of food on one hand (more than 70 billion pounds of edible food is wasted annually in the United States) and food scarcity on the other hand (49 million Americans struggle with food insecurity). Feeding America is doing important work to bring awareness to these issues and implement solutions through their national network of more than 200 food banks and 61,000 food pantries, kitchens and shelters. For this reason, Barilla is proud to support Feeding America through both product and monetary contributions. Over the last seven years, Barilla has helped Feeding America provide 5.5 million meals*.
*Barilla donated the monetary equivalent of meals based on the following claims:
2007: 700,000 meals based on the then-current metric of $1=7 meals.
2008: 1,050,000 meals based on the then-current metric of $1=7 meals.
2011: 800,000 meals based on the then-current metric of $1=8 meals.
2012: 400,000 meals based on the then-current metric of $1=8 meals.
2013: 225,000 meals based on the then-current metric of $1=9 meals.
2014: 2,340,000 meals based on the current metric of $1=9 meals.
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
The Girl Scouts’ mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouting helps girls become tomorrow’s leaders by developing their full individual potential, encouraging them to better relate to others, developing values to guide their actions, building a foundation for sound decision-making, and teaching them how to contribute to improving society.
Barilla believes that mealtime it is one of the most important things we can do to instill positive senses of character in our children today, so that they, in turn, can make the world a better place. Our research shows that when children experience more meaningful meals, they are more likely to see themselves as respectful, happy, independent, hard-working, and outgoing. This is why Barilla is proud to support the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana and their mission through the promotion of meaningful meals. We have developed a Share The Table activity kit to inspire and empower our next generation to make an impact at their table and beyond. Through this guide and mastering a set of activities related to mealtime planning, preparation and enjoyment, more than 5,000 girls have an opportunity to earn a Barilla Share The Table patch.
Founded in 2003 by Chef Art Smith and artist Jesus Salgueiro, Common Threads is a national nonprofit organization that is committed to educating communities about healthy food choices through hands-on experiences. Believing that the kitchen can be used as a catalyst for change and that a personal connection with food and well-being is a powerful tool that knows no limits, Common Threads is dedicated to empowering children and adults with fundamental cooking skills and nutritional education with curriculum-based programs.
This is why Barilla is proud to support Common Threads through the sponsorship of its 2014 Summer Camp. This sponsorship will allow for 300 students from underserved communities in Washington, DC, Chicago and Miami to attend camp and focus on cooking, physical fitness, and food-science education. We understand that circumstance and opportunity can make a difference in a child’s life and we are thrilled to partner with Common Threads and provide our youth exactly that: opportunities for change, opportunities to grow up healthier and happier, and the opportunity to spend more time with their families.
Food Bank For New York City
Food Bank For New York City recognizes 31 years as the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. As the city’s hub for integrated food poverty assistance, Food Bank tackles the hunger issue on three fronts — food distribution, income support and nutrition education — all strategically guided by its research. Through its network of community-based member programs citywide, Food Bank helps provide 400,000 free meals a day for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank’s hands-on nutrition education program in the public schools reaches thousands of children, teens and adults. Income support services including food stamps, free tax assistance for the working poor, and the Earned Income Tax Credit put millions of dollars back in the pockets of low-income New Yorkers, helping them to achieve greater dignity and independence.
Food Bank For New York City is doing important work to bring awareness to these issues and implement solutions through their innovative and effective programs and advocacy. For this reason, Barilla is proud to support Food Bank For New York City through both product and monetary contributions. We have sponsored the Can Do Awards Dinner, its annual flagship fundraising event, for 10 years. During that time our overall support has helped Food Bank to provide 1.6 million meals for New Yorkers in need.
Caterina’s Club serves 1,000 low-income children a nutritionally balanced meal of pasta and vegetables 7 nights a week. That means every night of the week for the past 8 years, 1,000 children who otherwise would have gone hungry have been able to fill their stomachs with a nice warm meal. More than 750,000 meals have been served to date. Caterina’s Club also assists families in moving out of unsafe environments and into more stable and permanent housing. They have helped 52 families move out of the motels to date, with plans for even more in the future.
At Barilla, we believe in healthy and sustainable food for all. For this reason, Barilla is proud to support Caterina’s club through both product and monetary contributions.