mobile unit brings food to rural US

Newly-Converted Mobile Units Funded by Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation Delivering Meals, Helping Save the Children Fight Child Hunger in Rural America

Buses Hit the Road in Five States, Providing Healthy Food and Essential Learning Resources to Kids in Need

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (Dec. 21, 2021) – Save the Children today announced that five newly-converted school buses and vans, funded by a gift from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, have been deployed in five states to deliver meals and support the humanitarian organization’s continued efforts to combat child hunger across rural America.

“Child hunger is on the rise across America due to COVID-19, putting children’s growth, development and well-being at risk. One hungry child is one too many,” said Betsy Zorio, Vice President of Save the Children’s U.S. Programs. “Save the Children is very grateful to the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation for their generous support to help us ensure bellies of the most vulnerable children remain full during this challenging time.”

Previously announced in March 2021, the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation gave a $1 million gift to Save the Children. Half of this gift, $500,000, was used to help customize five mobile units for delivering meals and educational materials to children living in some of America’s most impoverished and isolated rural communities. The other half was contributed to Save the Children’s rural child hunger relief efforts, at large.

The mobile units have been deployed in California, Mississippi, South Carolina, Washington and West Virginia.

“These buses, which have been transformed into mobile feeding and learning stations, will have a direct impact on the communities that need it most," said Alexandra Cohen, President, Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Save the Children and support their rural hunger relief efforts.”

Since the start of the pandemic, with the help of partners such as the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation – who previously donated $500,000 in 2020 to Save the Children’s COVID response efforts – Save the Children has helped prepare and deliver more than 36 million meals to children in rural America.

The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation is committed to inspiring philanthropy and community service by creating awareness, offering guidance, and leading by example to show the world what giving can do. The Foundation's grants support nonprofit organizations based in the United States that either help people in need or solve complex problems. The Foundation also spearheads grassroots campaigns to encourage others to give. For more information, visit http://www.steveandalex.org.

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