Hunger Relief Efforts Supported Through Bank of America Booster Initiative
As we all continue to navigate the challenges surrounding our economy, it’s imperative to give back and focus on the critical needs of our communities. In our most recent initiative, Bank of America donated $25,000 to Iowa Healthiest State Initiative, supporting the organization’s Double Up Food Bucks program to address food insecurity and fight hunger across Iowa.
According to Feeding America, 297,800 people face hunger in Iowa; 94,270 of whom are children. As the pandemic continues, hunger relief organizations in Iowa and across the country are facing ongoing challenges such as increased demand for their services and rising food prices.
Committing to Health + Safety
As a company that is dedicated to helping our local communities thrive, we are also committed to supporting the health and safety of our employees. Earlier this year, Bank of America announced it would make a $100 donation to local hunger relief organizations and food banks for each employee in Iowa who received a COVID-19 booster shot or vaccine and notified the bank before the end of January. Our company also made an additional contribution to address the increased needs experienced by hunger relief organizations across the country.
Iowa Healthiest State Initiative is a nonprofit organization driven by the goal to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. The Double Up Food Bucks program is a SNAP-incentive program in Iowa that matches food assistance dollars 1:1 on purchases of fresh produce at participating farmers markets and grocery stores.
This program serves 67 counties, benefits 173,074 Iowans, and provides 2,716,329 servings of produce. Having organizations such as Iowa Healthiest State Initiative and their Double up Food Bucks program, is essential in the fight against hunger and food insecurity even as the pandemic continues to impact Iowa.
Learn more about Double Up Food Bucks by watching the video below:
Bank of America’s commitment to help strengthen the communities we live in and serve is unwavering, which is why we are honored to invest in the wellbeing of our teammates while also helping to support local organizations, such as Iowa Healthiest State Initiative in their mission to fight food insecurity.
For more information on Bank of America’s commitment to the people and economy of Iowa, please check out our Iowa State Fact Sheet.
Our company has encouraged staff to get COVID-19 vaccinations for more than a year and has offered incentives, including paid time-off for employees to get vaccinated. 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.
Through this initiative and many others, I am happy to use the power of every connection to better the lives of the people in our communities. I am incredibly grateful to be a part of a company that allows me the opportunity to truly make a difference in the lives of so many people in my home state, as well as look forward to all the possibilities that lie ahead.
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Heidi Parkhurst is president of Bank of America Iowa, where she connects people to the banking and investment resources offered through the bank's eight lines of business. Parkhurst also deploys resources to address social and economic concerns, strengthen communities and support the health and safety of local teammates.