Bank of America to Provide a 2:1 Charitable Match to Feeding America's Give a Meal Program

Bank of America to Provide a 2:1 Charitable Match to Feeding America's Give a
                                 Meal Program

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Nov. 13, 2012

Chef Rocco DiSpirito joins effort to raise visibility of hunger issues

CHICAGO, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Bank of America and Feeding
America announced today that the bank will provide a 2-for-1 match of
donations to Feeding America's holiday "Give a Meal" program. Through this
match, individuals and customers will be able to triple the impact of their
donations and provide meals to people in need.

This is the third year that the bank has partnered with Feeding America, the
nation's leading domestic hunger-relief organization. Bank of America is the
exclusive sponsor of the Give a Meal program this holiday season and will be
joined by celebrity chef, author and television host Rocco DiSpirito, who will
serve as the campaign's spokesman and raise visibility about hunger in our
communities and the simple ways people can help.

"Hurricane Sandy has given us all a dramatic reminder(to that emergencies can
occur anywhere at any time," said Kerry Sullivan, president of the Bank of
America Charitable Foundation. "For people who don't have enough food to eat,
every day is a reminder of the acute need for assistance. By supporting the
Give a Meal program, we can all help address the pervasive hunger rates and
growing demand for food assistance across the United States, in both large and
small communities."

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation will contribute $2 for every $1
donated via feedingamerica.org/bankofamericaor bankofamerica.com/give, up to
a total match of $1.5 million. The bank will also contribute an additional $1
million to Feeding America's national office, and bank employees will
participate in more than 300 hunger-related volunteer efforts around the
country.

The program was a resounding success last year providing the financial
equivalent of more than 26 million meals. The need for hunger relief
continues to be great this year. According to the US Department of
Agriculture, 50.1 million people in the United States are struggling with
hunger. Of that number, 16.7 million are children.

"We are grateful for the support of Bank of America and their generous offer
to provide a two for one match," said Matt Knott, interim president and CEO of
Feeding America. "With one in five families in our country in danger of not
knowing where their next meal is coming from, the epidemic of hunger is
something that we can't solve alone. Together with Bank of America and its
customers, we can bring hope to people this holiday season."

To help promote the campaign, DiSpirito will participate in a volunteer event
in conjunction with a local food bank and urge his fans to get involved and
donate to the cause.

"Through the work I do on the Now Eat This Truck, I see firsthand the
challenges many families face in getting food on the table. The Give a Meal
Program and the generous match from Bank of America provide an easy way for
people to help those in need this holiday season," said DiSpirito.

A running counter will be displayed on the Give a Meal webpage to tally the
number of meals that have been donated during the campaign to date.

About Feeding America
Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to
survive and even thrive. As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief
charity, its network members supply food to more than37 million Americans
each year, including14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the
entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies
that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can
fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit
http://www.feedingamerica.org. Find us on Facebook at
facebook.com/FeedingAmericaor follow our news on Twitter at
twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

Bank of America Corporate Social Responsibility
Bank of America's commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a
strategic part of doing business globally. Our CSR efforts guide how we
operate in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally
responsible way across more than 100 markets around the world, to deliver for
shareholders, customers, clients and employees. Our goal is to help create
economically vibrant regions and communities through lending, investing and
giving. By partnering with our stakeholders, we create shared value that
empowers individuals and communities to thrive and contributes to the
long-term success of our business. We have several core areas of focus for our
CSR, including responsible business practices; environmental sustainability;
strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs;
investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and
culture. Reaffirming a commitment to develop and sustain a culture of service,
bank employee volunteers contributed more than 1.5 million hours in 2011 to
enhance the quality of life in their communities worldwide. Learn more at
www.bankofamerica.com and follow us on Twitter at @BofA_Community.

Media Contacts:
Ross Fraser
Feeding America
312.641.6422
rfraser@feedingamerica.org

Nicole Nastacie
Bank of America
980.388.7252
nicole.nastacie@bankofamerica.com

SOURCE Feeding America

Website: http://www.feedingamerica.org
 
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