Feed the Children and StarKist® Launch Feed and Read

Interactive and Kid-Friendly Food and Education Experience to Benefit 400 families in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, – Feed the Children and StarKist® have joined forces to launch Feed and Read – an interactive and kid-friendly food and education experience. As many as 400 families, pre-identified by Challengers Boys & Girls Club, will participate in today’s inaugural activity. Attendees will gather from 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at 5029 S. Vermont.

More than 800 backpacks filled with school supplies, books and snacks will be distributed to children. All families will receive a 25-pound box of food and a 15-pound box of essentials (such as shampoo, conditioner and personal care items) from Feed the Children and StarKist®. Plush toys, protein-packed pouches of StarKist® tuna as well as a variety of additional nutritious food also will be distributed. A colorful and interactive display with reading nooks will be on site so kids may immediately begin enjoying the books they are given in a unique space made just for them.

The school year is fast approaching and Feed the Children is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty through education. With more than 22% of Los Angeles citizens living below the poverty line, the goal of Feed and Read is to help set kids on the path to a successful new school year and a brighter future.

“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Feed the Children, as we value the organization’s endless commitment to breaking the poverty cycle by not only providing food, but also through finding long-term solutions like education and backpack programs for children,” said Andrew Choe, president and CEO, StarKist. “Over the past 100 years, StarKist has evolved into a socially responsible company that provides trusted, healthy food for more people.  One in six children goes to bed hungry in the U.S., and we are eager to do our part by providing nutritious and convenient seafood to those who need it.”

Although StarKist and Feed the Children began working together in 2009, the current National Partnership Campaign and Alliance began in 2016. Now in its second year, the national partnership has brought helpful community resource events as well as nutritious and protein-packed StarKist products to families in need across the U.S.

Because it takes everyone working together to defeat hunger, StarKist® and Feed the Children have brought together multiple groups to provide kids and families with an event to remember. Participating partners include: Disney Publishing Worldwide, First Book, Delivering Good, Clif Bar & Company, Dole Foods International, The Hain Celestial Group and several other organizations.

“Today, we are not only providing food and essentials to these families—but also hope,” said Travis Arnold, Feed the Children CEO and president. “Hope for a better future that is made possible thanks to our partners at StarKist and Challengers Boys & Girls Club who play a vital role in helping us to create a world where no child goes to bed hungry.”

About Feed the Children

Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat childhood hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education initiatives, essentials and disaster response. It operates five distribution centers located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.

In fiscal year 2017, Feed the Children distributed 79.8 million pounds of food and essentials to children and families in the U.S. Internationally, it provided nutritious food or other benefits to 1,080,000 children, empowered 291,000 parents to make better decisions for their children, and positively impacted more than 1,200 communities and schools in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.

Visit feedthechildren.org for more information.