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Hundreds of Chicago Families Receive Support from FedEx, Feed the Children to kick off MLK holiday weekend

FedEx joined today with leading anti-hunger organization Feed the Children for a resource rally to distribute food, daily essentials and other resources to 400 Chicago families at Building Brighter Futures Family Services, 1512 S Pulaski Rd. to kick off the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend.

Each participating family was pre-identified by Building Brighter Futures Family Services. They received a 25-pound box of food including canned vegetables, cereal, peanut butter, mac and cheese and water; a 15-pound box of personal-care essentials such as shampoo, razors, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, children’s books and additional products.

With more than 20% of Chicago residents living below the poverty line, price hikes in transportation, food, clothing, housing and energy are stretching the budgets of lower-income families to the breaking point.

“FedEx is proud to celebrate the life of Dr. King by delivering positive change around the world, including the communities where we live and work,” Jenny Robertson, Sr. Vice President of Marketing and Communications at FedEx, said. “Our collaboration with Feed the Children and Building Brighter Futures Family Services will help support Chicago area families.”

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life, leadership and legacy, FedEx team members across the U.S. are coming together in service to handout meals, clean up communities and welcome visitors to experience history at multiple civil rights museums across the U.S. during week leading up to Monday, January 15, 2024.

Feed the Children believes it takes everyone – the nonprofit sector, corporations, community organizations, government officials and food suppliers – to come together to do good for those who need it. When efforts are combined, a greater impact is achieved. 

“Feed the Children is thrilled to team up with FedEx to help parents and caregivers who are struggling to feed their families, “Travis Arnold, Feed the Children president and CEO, said. “We know that when we combine our efforts, we have a greater impact on the lives of families who need us most—right here in Chicago.”

About FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenue of $88 billion, the company offers integrated business solutions through operating companies competing collectively, operating collaboratively and innovating digitally as one FedEx. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 500,000 employees to remain focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. FedEx is committed to connecting people and possibilities around the world responsibly and resourcefully, with a goal to achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2040. To learn more, please visit fedex.com/about.

About Feed the Children

At Feed the Children, we feed hungry kids. We envision a world where no child goes to bed hungry. In the U.S. and internationally, we are dedicated to helping families and communities achieve stable lives and to reducing the need for help tomorrow, while providing food and resources to help them today. We distribute product donations from corporate donors to local community partners, we provide support for teachers and students, and we mobilize resources quickly to aid recovery efforts when natural disasters strike. Internationally, we manage child-focused community development programs in 8 countries. We welcome partnerships because we know our work would not be possible without collaborative relationships.

Visit feedthechildren.org for more information.

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