Starr Foundation Donates $1 Million To America’s Second Harvest Network Providing Aid To Those Impacted By Hurricane Katrina; Contribution Funds Long-Term Relief Efforts in Gulf Coast Region
CHICAGO, Sept. 22 -- America’s Second Harvest -- The Nation’s Food Bank Network, today announced a $1 million financial contribution from the Starr Foundation to help support its long-term relief and recovery efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The donation will be used to help purchase and distribute food, water and grocery products to food banks in the area that were affected by the storm as well as those located in areas hosting evacuees.
“This generous donation by the Starr Foundation will help feed tens of thousands of people served by our food banks and food- rescue organizations,” said Robert Forney, president and CEO of America’s Second Harvest. “We are extremely grateful for contributions like these that enable our organization to continue our long-term hunger relief and recovery efforts for those affected by Hurricane Katrina.”
The Starr Foundation’s $1 million donation will help America’s Second Harvest secure, transport and distribute food and grocery products through its Network of food banks. For its Katrina relief efforts, America’s Second Harvest to date has raised $15 million and dispatched 889 trucks carrying 29 million pounds of food and grocery products to the impacted areas.
“Providing food and shelter for those displaced by Hurricane Katrina will continue to be a vital priority for several months to come. The Starr Foundation’s donation will help ensure that those who have suffered so much already will not have to worry about feeding themselves and their families as they work to rebuild their lives,” said M.R. Greenberg, chairman of the Starr Foundation and Chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co. Inc.
Mr. Greenberg recently retired as Chairman and CEO of American International Group, Inc. (AIG) after over 40 years of leadership building the organization into the largest insurance company in history.
The Starr Foundation was established in 1955 by Cornelius Vander Starr, Mr. Greenberg’s predecessor at AIG and the founder of the American International family of insurance and financial services companies, now known as AIG. The foundation makes grants in a number of areas, including education, medicine and healthcare, public policy, human needs, culture and the environment. Mr. Greenberg has served as Chairman of The Starr Foundation since 1981.
America’s Second Harvest, the Nation’s Food Bank Network is the nation’s largest charitable hunger-relief organization with a Network of more than 200 regional member food banks and food- rescue programs serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The America’s Second Harvest Network secures and distributes nearly two billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. The America’s Second Harvest Network supports approximately 50,000 local charitable agencies operating more than 94,000 programs including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs, and Kids Cafes. Last year, the America’s Second Harvest Network provided food assistance to more than 23 million low-income hungry people in the United States, including more than nine million children and nearly three million seniors. For more on America’s Second Harvest, please visit http://www.secondharvest.org.
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