How CREDO funding to Feeding America is helping to alleviate hunger in America

Since the beginning of the pandemic last year, millions more Americans have struggled to put food on the table. In fact, 42 million people, including 13 million children, may be facing hunger because of the pandemic, with a 55% increase in people seeking help from food banks.

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank volunteers unload produce at Mobile Food Pantry distribution in Rustburg, Virginia as they prepare to serve the neighbors that visit during the pandemic.

Thankfully, CREDO grantee Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, has been on the frontlines of the hunger epidemic to ensure vulnerable communities and those who require help the most get the assistance they so desperately need. In the last year alone, Feeding America has distributed 6 billion meals and counting.

And thanks to our members, who helped us donate $51,620 last July as well as 200,000 meals to families in need last Thanksgiving season through Feeding America, CREDO is humbled to do our part to help Feeding America provide to those in need.

Between the economic impact or of the pandemic and the unrest that hit the Twin Cities in late May, many people were left without adequate food sources and stranded in new food deserts. Second Harvest Heartland volunteers work to get food to their neighbors facing hunger.

With these donations, powered by our members who use our products and services every day at no extra cost to them, Feeding America coordinated with the USDA to secure over 1.7 billion pounds of food through the Farmers to Families Food Box (CFAP) program. Although the program had been slated to end in December 2020, the USDA announced an additional round of CFAP distributions with deliveries to that are taking place from late January to late April 2021. These additional pounds will help food banks meet the sustained increased demand for food. 

The organization also achieved major policy wins to help address the unprecedented need created by the pandemic and to strengthen critical programs like SNAP now and in the future.

Feeding America would like to share a quote from a recent client that expresses her gratitude for incredible donors like CREDO:

“Without the food bank my family and I wouldn’t be able to make it this month. I have volunteered many times here before, in the client choice pantry, warehouse and cooler. No words can convey my gratitude to the angels that work, volunteer and donate here!” – Denise

If you’d like to learn more about Feeding America’s critical work to connect people with food and end hunger, please visit

Gabriel and Constancia Merrill like to do most everything together. Up until March, the two both worked for an organization that brought food to seniors in Washington, D.C. Constancia helped prepare the food, and Gabriel delivered it. “It is a joy to help others,” Constancia said. When COVID-19 cases began to rise and people were told to shelter at home, they lost their jobs on the same day. Gabriel has applied for unemployment multiple times, but there were issues with the paperwork. “We have zero in the bank. We have no resources other than this place,” Gabriel said of a pantry working with Capital Area Food Bank, a member of the Feeding America network, where they’ve been coming since the end of March. “It’s a blessing to come here. It’s our grocery store,” he said. Constancia is a great cook, he added. She makes Gabriel’s favorite American foods as well as dishes from the Philippines where she was born. The couple, who have been married for six years, said they had never needed food assistance before the pandemic. “God has blessed us through the years,” he said. “We have a house over our heads and no medical problems. The pandemic has been painful. It’s been a hard experience, but we stick together,” Gabriel said.