Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has announced charitable gifts to 384 organizations, including Second Harvest of the Big Bend food bank, totaling $4,158,500,000.
According to Scott’s announcement, gift recipient organizations were diligently and rigorously researched, then carefully selected from an initial list of 6,490 potential recipients to “identify organizations with high potential for impact” and those that are “driving change…with teams who have dedicated their lives to helping others.”
“We are incredibly thankful to receive a generous gift from Ms. Scott,” says Monique Van Pelt, CEO of Second Harvest. “We appreciate the trust that has been placed in our organization and our partners to build solutions that will help end hunger in the Big Bend.”
By far, this is the largest gift Second Harvest has ever received, and it will be transformative for the food bank and the community at a time when food insecurity is soaring and projected to continue. A gift of this magnitude, in combination with continued community support, will help Second Harvest provide nutritious food to the communities they serve today, and for years to come.
In January, Second Harvest plans to share more specific details about the impact of this gift to the communities they serve.