Since 2009, we have focused extensively on impacting a critical root cause of childhood death and disease -- malnutrition. The Morgan Stanley Foundation has launched three significant initiatives to combat the rising rates of hunger and food insecurity.
Fill The Plate:
One in four children in the U.S. does not have enough to eat. In response, Morgan Stanley launched our Fill the Plate program, a US initiative to combat children’s hunger during weekends and after-school hours. As part of this effort, Morgan Stanley is partnering with Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, to expand and strengthen its BackPack Program supplying children with backpacks full of nutritious food that they can take home over the weekend – when they are most at risk of hunger. Fill the Plate also includes an investment in Feeding America’s National Produce Program to expand the availability of fresh produce to low-income communities throughout the U.S. and address childhood obesity by promoting consumption of nutritious foods. In total, our commitment will provide more than 2.5 million meals and 23 million servings of fresh fruits and vegetables to children across the country.
Million Meal Summer
Each summer, as many as 15 million children lose access to free and reduced meals when school ends. To combat this, the Morgan Stanley Foundation partnered with Boys and Girls Clubs of America to create Million Meal Summer, a 2009 campaign to provide well over 2 million wholesome meals and snacks to underserved children at more than 200 locations across the country. Through our partnership with the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, we also provided comprehensive nutritional information for all participants to take home to parents. Employees also joined the effort, with close to 500 volunteering at Club feeding programs during the summer.
Step Up to the Plate
Morgan Stanley's Step Up to the Plate campaign was a two-pronged approach designed to take immediate action to reduce childhood malnutrition in our communities and to save lives worldwide. In the developed world, we funded programs that provide healthy and nutritious meals directly to children and families. In the developing world, we provided emergency medical care to children already suffering from acute malnutrition.
Altogether, Morgan Stanley partnered with eight different charities across 10 countries in 2009, including globally with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières ("MSF") which specifically worked to alleviate nutritional emergencies brought about by poverty, rising food prices, poor harvests, and war. Our support, provided by a grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation, treated children suffering from malnutrition in nutritional crises from October through December of the year. Through an advanced protocol of outpatient care relying on the use of Ready to Use Foods, MSF is able to care for both moderate and severe cases of malnutrition, significantly expanding the number of children who receive help. Our grant provided care for nearly 4,000 children.
In more developed areas, we partnered with organizations like Feeding America in the US, Magic Breakfasts in London, SOS Villages in Hungary, Italy and Spain, Second Harvard Japan and St. James' Settlement People's Food Bank in Hong Kong to ensure that children had access to nutritious meals.
Always an integral part of our efforts, more than 2,500 employees joined the movement globally, serving on volunteer projects, supporting our partners and learning more about hunger, malnutrition and children’s health.