• May 17, 2022
 El Pasoans Fighting Hunger to Provide 105,000 Meals Through Bank of America’s COVID-19 Employee Booster Initiative

El Pasoans Fighting Hunger to Provide 105,000 Meals Through Bank of America’s COVID-19 Employee Booster Initiative

El Pasoans Fighting Hunger to Provide 105,000 Meals Through Bank of America’s COVID-19 Employee Booster Initiative

Bank of America announced a $15,000 donation, equivalent to 105,000 meals, to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger (EPFH) Food Bank to address food insecurity in the region.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an estimated 38 million people were food insecure in the United States in 2020. As the pandemic continues, hunger relief organizations in El Paso and across the country face ongoing challenges such as rising food prices and increased demand for their services.

Bank of America is supporting its employees’ health and safety while addressing one of the local communities’ most critical needs. Earlier this year, the company announced it would make a $100 donation to local hunger relief organizations and food banks for each employee in El Paso who received a COVID-19 booster shot or vaccine and notified the bank before the end of January. The company made an additional contribution to address the increased need experienced by hunger relief organizations across the country. Since the onset of the pandemic, Bank of America has provided $150,000 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

EPFH launched various COVID-19 response measures to meet increased demands including Emergency Food Distribution, School Mobile Pantries, and the Food FARMacy, a prescription program which serves individuals who suffer medical complications and have special dietary needs. For every $1 donated, the organization can provide seven meals to members of the community. With help from the bank’s donation, 105,000 meals will be provided to individuals and families throughout El Paso. The bank has been a longtime partner of EPFH, and Kristi Marcum, President of Bank of America El Paso, sits on the nonprofit’s Board of Directors.

“We are honored to be selected as the recipient partner for this creative incentive program,” said Susan Goodell, CEO of El Pasoans Fighting Hunger. “Bank of America’s support has and continues to be consequential to our ability to serve our community’s growing needs as a result of the pandemic. Beyond this donation, which allows us to provide over 100,000 meals, this initiative goes a step further to safeguard the health of our community.”

Nationally, the bank has committed $10.6 million dollars to food banks and hunger relief organizations through this effort. Since 2015, Bank of America has donated nearly $150 million toward hunger relief efforts.

“As a Board Member, I hear the stories firsthand about how the pandemic has strained El Pasoans Fighting Hunger’s ability to meet increased demand while also overcoming higher food costs,” said Kristi Marcum, President, Bank of America El Paso. “Our commitment to help strengthen the communities in which we live and serve is unwavering, as is the commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of our teammates. Being able to make a difference, to give back, and support a local nonprofit that is vital to our community, makes this initiative that much more special.”

Bank of America committed to donating a minimum of $25,000 to a local nonprofit partner in each of the company’s 93 markets as part its vaccine booster effort. Because vaccination boosters and reporting are voluntary and additional company contributions are reflected in the final amount, actual donation amounts differ from the number of boosters reported by bank employees.

The company has encouraged staff to get COVID-19 vaccinations since summer 2021 and has offered incentives such as paid time-off and $500 credits towards health benefit premiums. In partnership with local nonprofits, Bank of America has also distributed more than 38 million masks, 41,000 cases of hand sanitizer and 11 million gloves in local communities as part of its ongoing efforts to address health-related disparities accelerated by the pandemic.

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