DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Foodbank, Inc. announced Monday that they received a grant worth nearly $39,000 from the Caterpillar Foundation. The money will help provide over 233,000 meals to residents facing hunger in the Miami Valley.

“The Caterpillar Foundation has been a dedicated partner, helping to relieve hunger in the Miami Valley for over four years. The Caterpillar Foundation’s generosity is unmatched, with their support The Foodbank and its network of partner agencies can continue to work toward meeting the needs of hungry families in Montgomery County.” said Michelle L. Riley, CEO of The Foodbank.

The grant is being used to run The Foodbank’s Mobile Farmer’s Markets, which deliver fresh produce and other food items to those in need.

“The Caterpillar Foundation supports programs that alleviate poverty in communities in which we live and work.  We are proud to partner with The Foodbank to support individuals in Montgomery County who may not know where their next meal will come from,” said Kathryn Karol, Caterpillar vice president and chairman of the Caterpillar Foundation Board of Directors. “When people’s basic human needs are met, they are able to more effectively pursue economic and educational opportunities. And when they can do so, an entire community can benefit.”

The Caterpillar Foundation has provided $3.9 million in county-level grants to Feeding America food banks.

Their grants have also helped food banks provide 10.5 million pounds of food in counties where Caterpillar employees live and work.

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