More than 38 million Americans are food insecure, hungry or at risk of hunger, according to America’s Second Harvest. The hunger-relief organization has a network of more than 200 member food banks and food rescue organizations serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. It secures and distributes more than 2 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually and supports 50,000 local charitable agencies operating more than 94,000 programs. Its programs include food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs and Kids Cafes.
In 2005, America’s Second Harvest provided food assistance to more than 25 million low-income hungry people in the United States, including 9 million children and nearly 3 million seniors.
APICS has agreed to provide free memberships to the Association of Operations Management for the more than 200 food banks and food rescue organizations in America’s Second Harvest network. The memberships will provide full access to the APICS body of knowledge and members in an effort to help those managing logistics at each of these facilities to improve the efficiency of their efforts.