The recently-formed Elanco Foundation has pledged more than $700,000 to help fight rising food insecurity challenges due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. The funds will support organizations and food banks in communities across Elanco Animal Health’s (NYSE: ELAN) footprint, including Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, the European Food Banks Federation and food banks in Winslow, Maine; Ft. Dodge, Iowa; Clinton, Ind.; the Kansas City area, and Greenfield, Ind., communities.
The Elanco Foundation said it will continue to monitor the emerging food security issues arising from the COVID-19 crisis in other regions of the globe.
“In this time of uncertainty, the health and well-being of our employees, customers, animals and the communities where we operate are our top priority,” said Jeff Simmons, Elanco president and CEO. “Such an unprecedented time underscores the critical importance of a safe, affordable food supply, particularly meat, milk and eggs. And the needs are growing. There is no better time than during an urgent philanthropic need to launch our newly created Elanco Foundation to deliver on our promise of health by increasing access to healthy animal protein for all people. We challenge everyone to help us ‘fill the banks.’”
“The COVID-19 outbreak, both globally and in our own backyard, is making food access difficult for many families,” said Kristin Bloink, board chair of the Elanco Foundation, and vice president, global research and external Innovation at Elanco. “Because the Elanco Foundation is dedicated to two causes – food security and human-animal bond – we knew we needed to find a way to help the communities where we work and live during this unprecedented time.”
In Indiana, where Elanco’s global headquarters is located, the company is leading a coalition to raise $1.6 million to feed 10,000 families with children in the Indianapolis Public School system for the next eight weeks. Eight in 10 IPS kids struggle with food security. Through the efforts of Gleaners Food Bank, buses are delivering emergency food boxes to a variety of IPS locations. The funds from Elanco Foundation will meet food needs for about 2,500 IPS families over the next eight weeks.