Enterprise Holdings Foundation Donates $35,000 to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
The Enterprise Holdings Foundation has donated $35,000 to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts for general operations, food distribution, and its COVID-19 emergency response. The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Enterprise Holdings, which, through its integrated global network of independent regional subsidiaries and franchises, operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands.
This generous donation from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation will support The Food Bank’s efforts to provide even more healthy food to households in the region that are facing hunger during a greater time of need. The COVID-19 pandemic has propelled a dramatic increase in food insecurity in western Massachusetts due, in part, to increased unemployment. According to Feeding America, the national network of food banks, one in six individuals and one in four children are estimated to become food insecure across western Massachusetts by the end of this year.
“The Food Bank relies on generous support from businesses like the Enterprise Holdings Foundation to carry out its mission and prevent hunger during these challenging times,” said Andrew Morehouse, Food Bank executive director.
The Food Bank partners with hundreds of food pantries, meal sites, and social service organizations to distribute healthy food, including farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, diary and grains, and frozen meats throughout all four counties of our region. The Food Bank also operates its own direct-to-patron Mobile Food Bank and Brown Bag: Food for Elders programs at 78 sites across the region.
Speaking to the impact of this donation, Morehouse said, “This $15,000 donation equips us to be able to provide the equivalent of 45,000 meals for our neighbors in need of food assistance.”