The Idea Behind the Creation of Feeding America
In the 1960s, retired Arizona businessman John van Hengel began volunteering at a local soup kitchen and saw that the kitchen received more food than it could handle. Inspired by one of his clients, he began soliciting and storing unwanted food from local stores and farms. In 1975, he received a federal grant to help create food banks across the United States. In 2001, the organization, then called America’s Second Harvest, merged with Foodchain, the country’s largest food-rescue organization. The organization became known as Feeding America in 2008 and is the third-largest charity in the United States.