Did you know that in the U.S. alone, there are over 38 million people who struggle to keep food on the tables?
Hunger affects all communities and people from every walk of life, and the pandemic has only aided in increasing that number. Of that 38 million, nearly 12 million are children. So many families are one job loss, missed paycheck, or medical emergency away from not being able to put food on the tables for their loved ones.
At Cracker Barrel, we want to change that.
Addressing food insecurity, supporting our communities, and finding ways to reduce food waste is something we genuinely care about. That’s why we’re pleased to announce Cracker Barrel Food for Families, a new companywide platform dedicated to caring for families in America through food.
With the new platform, Cracker Barrel will donate funds to help provide 1 million meals to families in need through a national partnership with Feeding America®. This multi-faceted partnership will aim to aid in the fight to end hunger, beginning in high-need rural and underserved communities as well as in Middle Tennessee, where Cracker Barrel was founded.
The Feeding America network is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief and food rescue organization. For more than 40 years, Feeding America has partnered with food manufacturers, grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers to rescue food for food banks to serve people in need.
That means for every dollar given to Feeding America, it can help provide at least 10 meals to families in need through the network of local food banks.
Addressing food waste is another crucial step in their fight to end hunger. 108 billion pounds of safe edible food goes to waste each year. That’s an estimated 40% of all food in the U.S. that will never be consumed and $161 billion worth of food thrown away each year!
By partnering with Feeding America, we’re excited to ensure families and communities have access to homestyle food that provides comfort and nourishment.
“Food insecurity and hunger relief is a critical issue in America – one that has become even more evident and dire as a result of the pandemic ,” says Cracker Barrel Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Jennifer Tate.
“We must do our part to ensure that everyone has access to wholesome food. We look forward to partnering with Feeding America® through our Cracker Barrel Food for Families program to help care for families who need it most.”
Now here is where you can help us!
For every engagement we get with this announcement on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, Cracker Barrel will donate funds for an additional meal (up to 100,000 meals) for people in need, starting today through the end of November.
So please comment, like and share our social media post with your friends and family and help us get a nourishing meal to someone who desperately needs it.
If you want to know more about Feeding America and how you can help, visit their website.
Stay tuned to our blog and social for more updates on Cracker Barrel Food for Families, and thank you for helping us spread some care to those who need it most this holiday season.
*$1 helps to provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks