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Developing a Sourcing Strategy for Feeding America

Learn how BCG helped Feeding America identify ways to increase the efficiency of its food-sourcing program.

Each year, Feeding America—the leading domestic hunger-relief charity in the United Sates—provides assistance to more than 25 million low-income people faced with hunger. Through a network of more than 200 food banks, it distributes more than 2 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually.

According to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 35 million Americans, including about 12 million children, live in food-insecure households and therefore lack consistent access to enough food to lead a healthy, active life. A slowing economy and volatile food and fuel prices suggest that the numbers will only rise—potentially dramatically—in the near to medium term.

With manufacturers’ donations on the decline, Feeding America was looking for more-efficient ways to purchase and distribute food, as its current distribution network was fragmented.

BCG’s job was to develop a five-year strategic plan that would address all aspects of the organization's operations and identify ways to increase the efficiency of Feeding America’s food-sourcing program.

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