The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation has announced its donation to fight hunger through its Fill Your Tank program.
This program has been designed to celebrate Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s 60th anniversary by providing $60 million to address food insecurity around the globe.
“Enterprise Rent-A-Car is woven into the fabric of the thousands of towns and neighborhoods where we do business, and food insecurity is an issue in all of those communities,” said Carolyn Kindle Betz, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation’s vice president and executive director. “Many times, hunger is invisible to us. We often don’t see the signs that someone might be food-insecure or think about the ripple effects of hunger.”
Globally, one in nine people don’t get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life, according to the World Food Programme.
“Our employees have long supported food banks in the cities and neighborhoods we serve,” added Kindle Betz. “The Fill Your Tank program is a natural extension of the good work our employees are already doing. It’s also particularly poignant as addressing hunger was one of the last wishes of my grandfather and our founder, Jack Taylor, who passed away earlier this year.”
Over the next six years, Enterprise will distribute $10 million annually as follows:
• $1 million to The Global FoodBanking Network to expand the work of food banks around the world, especially food banks in the U.K., Ireland, France, Germany, and Spain on behalf of company-owned operations in these countries.
• $2.5 million to Feeding America, a U.S. domestic hunger-relief and food rescue charity. These funds will help fight hunger among seniors and children.
• $1.5 million to Food Banks Canada to support operations and infrastructure in food banks across Canada.
• $5 million to local food banks in North America to support communities served by Enterprise.
Through the Global FoodBanking Network and its partner the Federation of European Food Banks, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is partnering with FareShare in the U.K., Bundesverband Deutsche Tafel e.V. in Germany, Fédération Française des Banques Alimentaires in France, Federación Española de Bancos de Alimentos in Spain, and Crosscare Food Bank in Ireland.
“This extraordinary gift will make a tremendous difference in alleviating hunger around the world in a meaningful way,” said Lisa Moon, president and CEO of The Global FoodBanking Network. “This donation will help expand efforts to support social inclusion while reducing food waste and its harmful effects on our environment. It will help break barriers that keep people from achieving their full potential and leading healthy, productive lives.”