“Giving back has been a cornerstone of Morgan Stanley’s culture and values since our founding in 1935. Our partnership with Feeding America has long been an important way for us to create impact, and I am proud of the innovative programs we have worked on together that give children the healthy start they need for lifelong achievement.”
James P. Gorman | Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
In 2014, Morgan Stanley launched Healthy Cities, a philanthropic program designed to fuel innovation in coordinating the wellness, nutrition and play resources that can underpin a child’s healthy start in life. Collaborating with national and local nonprofit organizations, including Feeding America and select network member food banks, Healthy Cities helps connect otherwise separate programs and creates a linked package of wellness education and screenings, nutritious foods and safe play spaces for children in neighborhoods in need.
Morgan Stanley and Feeding America also continue to build upon their partnership to Fill the Plate for children across the United States. This effort, which began in 2009, is part of the Morgan Stanley Foundation’s Global Alliance for Children’s Health, a more than 40-year initiative funding critical programs that improve childhood health.
Fill the Plate provides vital support to expand several child hunger programs throughout America:
- The BackPack Program supplies children with backpacks full of nutritious food they can take home over the weekend, a time when children are most at risk of hunger.
- The School Based Pantry Program provides a more readily accessible source of food assistance to low-income students and their families. Sites are consistently in the same location as the school’s campus, have set distribution schedules and offer ongoing food assistance services.
- The National Produce Program expands the availability of fresh produce in low-income communities across the country.
- The SNAP Outreach Program raises awareness about SNAP benefits with eligible, non-participating families in need and provides assistance in applying for those benefits. Because access to nutritious food is often the barrier for children at risk of hunger.
Together with Feeding America’s food bank network, Morgan Stanley’s efforts will provide more than 10 million meals and 50 million servings of fresh produce for children. In addition to charitable funding, totaling more than $14 million, Morgan Stanley employees play a critical role in the partnership, delivering strategic planning advice, research assistance, executive counseling and hands-on volunteer engagement nationwide.