Small improvements in transportation and distribution management can have a big impact when you distribute more than 4 billion pounds of food to 46 million people each year. Cisco technology and expertise helps Feeding America overcome the logistical challenge of coordinating hunger relief across all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico.
Feeding America is the largest domestic hunger-relief organization , leading the charge to end hunger in America. They secure donations from national food and grocery manufacturers, retailers, shippers, packers and growers and from government agencies, individuals and other organizations. Feeding America then moves food to member food banks, that in turn distribute food and groceries to people in need through food pantries and meal programs.
Since 2009, Cisco and the Cisco Foundation have awarded more than US$2 million in cash and product grants to Feeding America to apply technology to improve efficiency and save money.
Cisco's investment has helped Feeding America reduce costs, improve delivery, and extend their capacity. Cisco employees also support Feeding America network food banks through donations and volunteering.
"What I love about the power of combining people with a technology solution is you can drive exponential results and make a real difference in the lives of so many people. This technology solution not only benefits Feeding America but it also benefits our 200 food banks that are stretched across the country to anticipate surges in demand and do things more effectively and efficiently which is going to lead to more food for more people." Bill Thomas, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Feeding America