Microsoft and HSBC Bank USA are joining forces and partnering with Feeding America to support the organization’s new workforce development initiative. Feeding America, one of the largest hunger relief organizations in the U.S., is launching the initiative to provide financial and career resources to help people facing hunger advance their careers. HSBC is endowing the organization with a two-year grant of $350,000 to extend the initiative to in-need communities, while software giant Microsoft will provide grant support and online-learning content for today’s most in-demand skills and jobs, hoping to scale and fortify the program.
For the initiative, Feeding America food banks will partner with local and national workforce entities to find employment opportunities for individuals affected by hunger and hardship, especially in under-resourced communities. Since 2012, HSBC has funded $5.5 million in grants to Feeding America, focused especially toward child hunger and post-COVID recovery. Among the workforce support efforts is finding adequate child care for individuals during their onboarding; Microsoft will also provide free LinkedIn Learning courses to enhance the quality of training. Eight Feeding America member food banks are already launching workplace initiatives in Texas, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, and Ohio.