According to No Kid Hungry, 48.8 million Americans-including 13 million children- live in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. As a result, they struggle with hunger at some time during the year. Food insecure families, defined as those who have limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food, exist in 17.2 million households in America, 3.9 million of them with children.
Facts like these propel the Bank to make a difference in the communities that it serves.
"Fifth Third's Feeding Our Communities initiative allowed our employees, customers and partners to join together in a shared commitment to improve lives," said Brian Lamb, executive vice president and chief corporate social responsibility and reputation officer. "The Bank realizes that hunger is a far-reaching problem that affects people throughout society, especially children. By addressing the most basic needs of our neighbors, we are demonstrating our dedication to continue Fifth Third's legacy of caring for the community."
In Chicago, employees spent 484 hours volunteering at area food banks and shelters, where their efforts provided over 20,000 meals to those in need. Organizations that benefited included the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Heartland Alliance, Northern Illinois Food Bank, Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Deborah's Place, La Casa Norte, United Way, Mothers & Children Nutrition Warehouse, Lakeview Pantry and the Salvation Army.
Fifth Third partnered with more than 65 organizations across its 10-state footprint to provide employee volunteer opportunities in May. Each region identified needs in their local communities and designed volunteer efforts to support.
The Bank kicked off its donation activities during the first week of May in honor of Fifth Third Day, or 5/3 on the calendar. For more than 25 years, Fifth Third has used this special date to recognize the contribution of its employees, to thank its valued customers and to support the community. Over the last six years, in honor of Fifth Third Day, the Bank has provided more than 4 million meals across the Midwest and Southeast as a way to fight hunger.