Overcoming Hunger: It Takes a Village
Hunger Matt Smith, Senior Manager of PepsiCo's Food for Good, explains why strong collaboration is needed to combat hunger.
Mediaplanet: How can people from low-income communities band together to combat hunger?
Matt Smith: Partnerships are essential to fighting hunger. To be truly successful, we’re going to need to see non-traditional approaches to tackling this issue. For example, low-income residents and large organizations can partner together to design new solutions that connect profound insights with the necessary resources to take action. Each of us needs to come to the table so we can be stronger together.
"Low-income residents and large organizations can partner together to design new solutions that connect profound insights with the necessary resources to take action."
MP: What improvements do you anticipate to be made in the foreseeable future to help end childhood hunger?
MS: I think you’ll continue to see innovative ideas and approaches designed to achieve progress. PepsiCo’s Food for Good program is a great example. Through collaborations with community and government partners, Food for Good is leveraging PepsiCo’s logistics and innovation to create breakeven business models that make healthy food accessible for low-income families. Since the program began in 2009, Food for Good has delivered more than 11 million healthy servings to kids when they are out of school. We are constantly learning from this program and the great work led by other organizations to help build sustainable solutions to childhood hunger.
MP: Why does America need a front-line defense to hunger?
MS: No child should grow up hungry. We all need to get involved in winning this fight. At PepsiCo, we’re committed to being part of the solution and our employees are passionate about making a meaningful difference where we live and work. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with great partners across the country so we can fight hunger together.