Basic Organization Information
- Also Known As:
(formerly named America's Second Harvest)
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- NTEE Category:
K Agriculture, Food, Nutrition
K30 Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs
K Agriculture, Food, Nutrition
K01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
M Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief
M20 Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services
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Our mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. Feeding America distributes food and grocery products through a nationwide certified member network, increases public awareness of domestic hunger and advocates for public policies that benefit America's hungry.
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Ms. Vicki Escarra
Vicki B. Escarra became President and Chief Executive Officer of America?s Second Harvest ? The Nation?s Food Bank Network on March 1, 2006.
As leader of the nation?s largest hunger-relief organization, Escarra has sought to increase the amount of food that is available to hungry people by enhancing relationships with corporate America, government partners and individuals. In her time as President and CEO, Escarra has launched the development of a new strategic plan, brought new corporate partners into the organization and heightened the visibility of the organization with hunger-relief features in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the NBC Nightly News and other publications and programs.
Escarra is a 30-year veteran of Delta Air Lines, most recently serving as Executive Vice President, Chief Customer Service Officer. In that role, Escarra was responsible for corporate customer service strategy, leading a work force of 52,000. While Chief Marketing Officer, Escarra expanded Delta?s revenue by establishing unique agreements with organizational partners, restructured the customer loyalty program to increase customer satisfaction and created a consumer research department to analyze brand positioning for organizational advancement. She was responsible for the first global redesign and reengineering of Delta?s flight schedule following the events of September 11, 2001.
Escarra served as Chairman of the Board of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau from 2004 to 2006. As Chairman she led a diverse team, which helped bring more revenue to the area through business and tourism. She also served as the Chairman of the Brand Atlanta Marketing Campaign for Mayor Shirley Franklin in 2005.
She serves on the boards of Health Net, Inc., A.G. Edwards, Inc., The Congressional Hunger Center and The Committee of 200.
The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum presented Escarra with the National Aviation and Space Exploration Wall of Honor certificate in 2000. She has received numerous other awards.
A native of Decatur, Georgia, Escarra holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Georgia State University. She has completed Columbia University's Executive Management Program and Harvard University?s Executive Leadership Program
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Back Pack Program
Public Safety, Disaster Services
- Population Served:
There are children in America that rely on resources such as free or reduced-priced school lunch, during the school year.
The BackPack Program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children(http://feedingamerica.org/faces-of-hunger/hunger-101/child-hunger-facts.aspx) at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations.
Program Long-Term Success:
Distributed over 2 billion pounds of food through food bank and food-rescue affiliates to emergency food providers serving 23.3 million Americans.
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Expert Reviews and Comments
Evidence of Impact
Experts recommend Feeding America for its work providing food to needy Americans. Experts have specifically cited the impact of its programs in rural areas of the United States. Experts also cite the organization's reputation as evidence of its impact.
Experts say that Feeding America's strengths include its organizational model and its connections and partnerships in rural areas. Experts describe the organization's supply chain and efficient distribution methods as particular strengths. They also say that Feeding America's combination of national and local staffing helps it achieve its aims.
Areas for Improvement
Experts suggest that Feeding America increase the nutritional content of the food it distributes, by finding a way to increase the donation of nutritious foods. Experts also recommend that Feeding America re-tune its marketing and messaging regarding the mission, vision, and operations of the organization.
Increase Nutritional Content of Donated Foods