“The hunger crisis is growing quickly in the face of COVID-19,” said Rod Schrader, Chairman and CEO of Komatsu’s North American operations. “We are honored to partner with Feeding America to support their work to rapidly scale to meet the rising needs of our communities.”
The situation is changing rapidly, but Feeding America predicts its network of local food banks will need an additional $1.4 billion over the next six months to provide food assistance to people facing hunger — a 30 percent incremental increase to the nonprofit organization’s operating costs. The network of 200 food banks partner with more than 60,000 soup kitchens, food pantries, churches, and other community organizations to deliver food, even in the midst of a global pandemic.
“Feeding America is grateful to Komatsu and its employees for their generous support of our neighbors who face hunger during these uncertain times,” said Lauren Biedron, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at Feeding America. “Their donation will help food banks serve communities hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Komatsu America Corp., Komatsu Mining Corp., Modular Mining, and Hensley Industries — all North American subsidiaries of Tokyo-based Komatsu Ltd. — are joining together in the effort to support Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund. The business units are donating $150,000 and will provide a two-for-one match of employee donations up to $50,000.
The companies are dedicating an additional $100,000 to local organizations in the communities in which they operate throughout North America, to support specific charitable efforts and needs in the areas of medical supplies and support, food insecurity, and community funds.