The Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation today announced that it has made another $50,000 donation to Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization, to assist with Feeding America’s promotion of “Hunger Action Month,” which began Friday, September 1. The contribution is part of Nexstar Media Group, Inc.’s, ongoing four-year $2 million partnership with Feeding America.
As part of the partnership, during the month of September, Nexstar’s 200 owned and partner broadcast stations and its cable news network, NewsNation, will donate airtime worth more than $600,000 to air a variety of public service announcements on behalf of Feeding America. In addition, with one or more partner food banks in all of Nexstar’s 116 television markets, Nexstar employees are being encouraged to volunteer their time and effort to assist Feeding America in fulfilling its mission.
Currently, 34 million people across the United States face hunger, including nine million children—that’s 1 in 10 individuals and 1 in 8 children. The ongoing impact of the pandemic, inflation, rising food costs, and supply chain difficulties have caused food insecurity rates to remain at extremely high levels—during 2022, 49 million people across the U.S. turned to the charitable food sector for help and the Feeding America network of food banks distributed more than five billion meals. For more than 40 years, Feeding America has responded to the hunger crisis in America by helping provide food to people facing hunger through a nationwide network of food banks. Today, the network consists of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs throughout the country.
“It is more important than ever that we continue to keep the issues of hunger and food insecurity in the United States front and center, especially when millions continue going hungry daily and the need is so great,” said Perry Sook, Nexstar Media Group, Inc.’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The work done by Feeding America and its local partner food pantries and food banks is essential to helping those in need. We are proud of our partnership with Feeding America and pleased to be using our powerful national and local broadcast and digital platforms to raise awareness about these issues.”
The Nexstar Charitable Foundation’s mission is to contribute to and work with public charities and non-profit organizations to improve the communities in which Nexstar Media and its subsidiaries do business. The foundation was originally established in 1958 and it makes donations of approximately $350,000 annually.